Sarah Winchell Lenhoff (fj6428)

University information

Title: Associate Professor
Unit: Administration & Organization Stud
Department: College of Education

Contact information

College of Education

Phone: 313-577-0923
Degrees and Certifications:

Ph.D., Educational Policy, Michigan State University, 2013
M.S., Teaching, Adolescent Education, Pace University, 2006
B.A., English and Women’s Studies, University of Georgia, 2004


 Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Administrative & Organizational Studies

Title: Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies; Director of the Detroit Partnership for Education Equity & Research; Leonard Kaplan Endowed Professor
Office Hours:

Office Hours: By appointment.


Sarah Winchell Lenhoff, Ph.D., is an associate professor of educational leadership and policy studies and the Leonard Kaplan Endowed Profesor in Wayne State University’s College of Education. Lenhoff began her career as a New York City public school teacher, and she led the research and policy division of the non-profit The Education Trust-Midwest for four years. Her research focuses on education policy implementation and access to equitable educational opportunities, with a focus on how collaborative research with practitioners and community members can facilitate systemic improvement. Her recent research has examined district and school infrastructure to support school improvement; the effects of school choice policy on equitable opportunities for students; and the causes and consequences of student absenteeism. She is the faculty director of the Detroit Partnership for Education Equity & Research (Detroit PEER), a research-practice partnership with Detroit schools and community-based organizations working to equitably improve student attendance and engagement in Detroit.

More on Detroit PEER can be found here.

You can view Dr. Lenhoff's CV here

Office Location: 375 Education
Area of Expertise:

Education policy implementation and equity; continuous improvement; school choice and charter schools; school accountability


*Denotes graduate student co-author.

Edwards, E. B., Singer, J.*, & Lenhoff, S. W. (2023). Antiblackness and attendance policy implementation: Evidence from a midwestern school district. Educational Researcher. 

Lenhoff, S. W., Singer, J.*, Stokes, K.*, Mahowald, J. B.*, & Khawaja, S.* (2022). Beyond the bus: Reconceptualizing school transportation for mobility justice. Harvard Educational Review, 92(3), 336–360.

Lenhoff, S. W., & Singer, J.* (2022). Promoting ecological approaches to educational issues: Evidence from a partnership around chronic absenteeism in Detroit. Peabody Journal of Education, 97(1), 87–97.

Singer, J.*, & Lenhoff, S. W. (2022). Race, geography, and school choice policy: A critical analysis of Detroit students’ suburban school choices. AERA Open, 8(1), 1–19.

Pogodzinski, B., Lenhoff, S. W., Cook, W., & Singer, J.* (2022). School transit and accessing public school in Detroit. Education and Urban Society, 54(6), 695–713.

Pogodzinski, B., Cook, W., Lenhoff, S. W., & Singer, J.* (2022). School climate and student mobility. Leadership and Policy in Schools, 21(4), 984–1004.

Singer, J.*, Pogodzinski, B., Lenhoff, S. W., & Cook, W. (2021). Advancing an ecological approach to chronic absenteeism: Evidence from Detroit. Teachers College Record, 123(4), 1-36.

Lenhoff, S. W., Singer, J.*, Pogodzinski, B., & Cook, W. (2022). Exiting Detroit for school: Inequitable choice sets and school quality. Journal of Education Policy, 37(4), 590–612.

Lenhoff, S. W., Edwards, E. B., Claiborne, J., Singer, J., & French, K. R. (2022). A collaborative problem-solving approach to improving district attendance policy. Educational Policy, 36(6), 1464–1506.

Lenhoff, S. W. (2020). Unregulated open enrollment and inequitable access to schools of choice. Peabody Journal of Education, 95(3), 248-271.

Lenhoff, S. W., Somers, C., Tenelshof, B.*, & Bender, T.* (2020). The potential for multi-site literacy interventions to reduce summer slide among low-performing students. Children and Youth Services Review, 110, 1-8.

Lenhoff, S. W., Lewis, J. M., Pogodzinski, B., & Jones, R. D.* (2019). ‘Triage, transition, and transformation’: Advocacy discourse in urban school reform. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 27(32), 1–35.

Pogodzinski, B., Lenhoff, S. W., & Addonizio, M. F. (2019). The relationship between open enrollment and school bond voting. Education Administration Quarterly, 23(1–2), 153–169.

Lenhoff, S. W., & Pogodzinski, B. (2018). School organizational effectiveness and chronic absenteeism: Implications for accountability. Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk, 23(1-2), 153-169.

Superfine, B. M., Umpstead, R. R., Mayrowetz, D., Lenhoff, S. W., & Pogodzinski, B. (2018). Science and politics in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association. Educational Policy, 32(2), 211-233.

Lenhoff, S. W., & Pogodzinski, B., Mayorwetz, D., Superfine, B., Umpstead, R. R. (2018). District stressors and teacher evaluation ratings. Journal of Educational Administration, 56(2).

Pogodzinski, B., Lenhoff, S. W., & Addonizio, M. F. (2017). The push and pull of open enrollment policy in Metro Detroit. Educational Review, 70(5), 622–642.

Lenhoff, S. W., & Ulmer, J. B. (2016). Reforming for “all” or for “some”: Misalignment in the discourses of education reformers and implementers. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 24(108), 1-29.

Peurach, D. J., Lenhoff, S. W., & Glazer, J. L. (2016). Large-scale high school reform through school improvement networks: Exploring possibilities for “developmental evaluation.” Teachers College Record, 118(13), 1–28.

Peurach, D. J., Glazer, J. L., & Lenhoff, S. W. (2016). The developmental evaluation of school improvement networks. Educational Policy, 30(4), 606–648.

Jacobsen, R., Frankenberg, E., & Lenhoff, S. W. (2012). Diverse schools in a democratic society: New ways of understanding how school demographics affect civic and political learning. American Educational Research Journal, 49(5), 812–843.



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