Sarah Winchell Lenhoff

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

Office Hours: By appointment.



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 The Education Trust-Midwest. Her research focuses on education policy implementation and equity, examined through the lenses of social and organizational psychology. 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 co-directs the Detroit Education Research Partnership, a research-practice partnership with Detroit Public Schools Community District and the Every School Day Counts Detroit coalition.

Her research on Detroit education policy issues can be found here:

Her curriculum vitae can be found here: Lenhoff_CV_June2019


 Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Administrative & Organizational Studies

Area Of Expertise

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

Courses Taught

  • Educational Leadership
  • School-Community Relations
  • Educational Policy