Charol Shakeshaft

Charol Shakeshaft received her M.ED. and Ph.D. from Texas & M University. Charol Shakeshaft has been studying equity in schools for over three decades. She was elected an AERA fellow in 2015 and received the 2015 AERA Distinguished Contributions to Gender Equity in Education Research Award.


Charol is the author of three books and over 200 referred articles and papers, many of which have received national and state awards. Charol was a member of the founding committee of Women Leading in Education (WLE), an international organization focused on women and girls in education; she currently serves as WLE facilitator.

In 2004, Dr. Shakeshaft completed a report mandated by the U.S. Senate that presented state of the art information on the prevalence of educator sexual misconduct as well as recommendations to the Senate and House of Representatives for federal, state, and local prevention initiatives. Additionally, Dr. Shakeshaft serves as an expert witness in both criminal and civil cases on the sexual abuse of children in youth organizations and schools.


In her role as professor, Charol currently teaches graduate courses in research design, policy research methods, and gender and race equity, all in the department of Educational Leadership at Virginia Commonwealth University.