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Kristina Brezicha

Assistant Professor    

Doctor of Philosophy, Pennsylvania State University
Masters of Arts, Teachers College, Columbia University
Master of Science Mercy College
Bachelors of Arts, University of Scranton


​Kristina Brezicha is an assistant professor of educational leadership at Georgia State University. She holds a dual-title Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University in Educational Theory and Policy and Comparative International Education.

Brezicha’s research interests focus on how education supports individuals’ abilities to equitably participate in the democratic processes at both the local and national levels. Her research considers domestic and international contexts. Specifically, she has studied how immigrant students’ experiences of in/exclusion in their schools has shaped their knowledge, attitudes, habits and dispositions towards the political process in the U.S. and Canada. She has also examined how teachers, educational leaders and school boards have facilitated educational opportunities for diverse student populations. She has presented her work at conferences such as American Educational Research Association annual meeting, University Council for Educational Administration Convention and Comparative and International Education Society Conference.

Before pursuing her doctorate, Brezicha taught kindergarten through fifth grade special education students in New York City. She holds a Masters of Arts in Politics and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and a Masters of Science in Urban Education from Mercy College.​


Mitra, D., Bergmark, U., Brezicha, K., Kostenius, C., Maithreyi, R., Serriere, S. (Forthcoming). “Ironies of democracy: Civic values and the construction of citizens in Sweden, India, and the United States.” Citizenship Teaching and Learning.

Brezicha, K., Hopkins, M., (Forthcoming). “Levers of Change: Exploring the Role of Community Boundary Spanners.” To appear in a special issue of Peabody Journal of Education.

Tahirslyaj, A., Brezicha, K., Ikoma, S., (2016). “Unpacking teacher differences in Didaktik and Curriculum Traditions: Trends from TIMSS 2003, 2007, and 2011.” In G.K. LeTendre and A.W. Wiseman (Eds.) Promoting and Sustaining a Quality Teaching Workforce. Emerald Insight.

Brezicha, K., Bergmark, U., Mitra, D., (2015). “One Size Does Not Fit All: Differentiating Leadership to Support Teachers in School Reform.” Educational Administration Quarterly 51(1), 96-132.

Smith, W., Brezicha, K., and Persson, A., (2014). “Factors Influencing the Immigrant Achievement Gap among Traditional Settlement Countries: A Look at Within and Across Generation Assimilation.” In K. M. Baharul Islam and Syed Nitas Iftekhar (Eds.) International Perspectives on Comparative Education Policy. Bloomsbury.