Lisa Dorner

  • Director of Graduate Studies, Associate Professor, PK12 Policy

Areas of Expertise


  • Educational policy and politics
  • Language education and immigrant childhoods
  • Qualitative research and mixed methods



Lisa M. Dorner, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis and a Faculty Fellow of the Cambio Center at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Her research centers on language policy and planning, educational policy implementation, and immigrant childhoods, especially children’s and families’ integration in “new” spaces. As co-founder of the Missouri Dual Language Network, Lisa enjoys connecting people and resources for dual language learning, bilingual education policy development, and understanding the immigrant experience ( For ELPA, she has taught the following PhD courses: Intro to Research Design, Qualitative Methods, Discourse Analysis, and a seminar on Educational Policy Implementation. Lisa’s publications may be found in the American Educational Research Journal, American Journal of Education, Educational Policy, International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, and Review of Research in Education. She received her PhD and MA in Human Development and Social Policy from Northwestern University.