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Dr. Ericka Weathers

Dr. Ericka Weathers
Phone: 814-863-3769
Office Address:
310C Rackley Bldg
University Park, PA 16802
Campus: University Park


Assistant Professor of Education


Education Policy Studies


Education and Public Policy
Educational Theory and Policy

Other Penn State Affiliations

Social Science Research Institute (SSRI)


Dr. Ericka Weathers is Assistant Professor of Education (Educational Theory and Policy) in the Department of Education Policy Studies. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Hampton University, a M.A. in Policy Studies from the University of Washington Bothell, and a Ph.D. in Education Policy from Stanford University.

Dr. Weathers uses quasi-experimental methodologies to study the effects of K-12 education policies. She is specifically interested in the unintended consequences of policy and the ways in which K-12 education policy may reduce or exacerbate racial and socioeconomic inequality. Her current areas of focus include school segregation, finance, discipline, and academic achievement.

Areas of Expertise

Age Levels


Education Types

Minority Ed
Public Ed
Urban Ed

Educational Studies


Methodological Research

Quantitative Research

Social Issues

Civil Rights and Education
Education Policy
Race and Ethnicity
Social Issues

Courses Taught

EDTHP/HIED/EDLDR 587: Education Policy and Politics

EDTHP 497: Inequity in Education

EDTHP 420: Education and Public Policy

Representative Publications

Fahle, E.F., Reardon, S.F., Kalogrides, D., Weathers, E.S., & Jang, H. (forthcoming). Racial segregation and school poverty in the United States, 1999-2016. Race and Social Problems.

Sosina, V.E. & Weathers, E.S. (2019). Pathways to inequality: Segregation and racial disparities in school district expenditures. AERA Open5(3), 1-15.

Weathers, E.S. (in press). Bias or empathy in universal screening? The effect of teacher-student racial congruence on teacher perceptions of student behavior. Urban Education.

Reardon, S.F., Robinson-Cimpian, J.P., & Weathers, E.S. (2015). Patterns and trends in racial/ethnic and socioeconomic academic achievement gaps. Pp. 491-509 in H.F. Ladd & M.E. Goertz (Eds.). Handbook of Research in Education Finance and Policy (Second ed.). New York, NY: Routledge.