Sarah Winchell Lenhoff

Sarah Winchell Lenhoff
Assistant Professor - Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
375 Education

Office Hours: By appointment.

(313) 577-0923


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


Sarah Winchell Lenhoff, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of educational leadership and policy studies in Wayne State University’s College of Education. Lenhoff began her career as a New York City public school teacher, and she most recently led the research and policy division of the non-profit advocacy organization The Education Trust-Midwest. Her research focuses on education policy implementation and consequences, examined through the lenses of social and organizational psycology. Recent studies have 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 co-directs the Improvement Partnership, a new research-practice partnership with Detroit Public Schools Community District. Her curriculum vitae can be found at


 Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Administrative & Organizational Studies

Area Of Expertise

Education policy development and implementation; organizational improvement; school choice and charter schools; school accountability

Courses Taught

  • Educational Leadership
  • School-Community Relations
  • Educational Policy
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