Bio


Crystal A. Moore is a doctoral candidate at the Stanford University Graduate School of Education in the program on sociology of education. Her dissertation advisors are Bryan Brown, David Labaree and Denise Pope. Crystal graduated cum laude in the undergraduate policy program of the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, where she was a Mellon Minority Undergraduate Research Fellow and received the Priscilla Glickman ’92 Award for Commitment to Community Service. She also has a master’s degree in elementary education from the University of Pennsylvania. Crystal’s research interests converge at the intersection of race, class, leadership and education, looking at the impact of leadership on student achievement. She employs mixed qualitative and quantitative methods and draws from theories related to organizational studies, social capital and stratification with an explicit interest in public education. Her research projects explore excellence in an outperforming district, educational inequality within a high-achieving district and the experiences of African American school leaders in an urban district.

Crystal’s scholarship is informed by two decades of experience in K-12 public education. She has a lifelong passion for developing racially diverse, high performing, urban public schools. For over ten years, she worked as a consultant on a number of school improvement projects, including community schools, independent school equity, new school design and diversity research. Her last full-time position was coaching principals for the DC State Superintendent of Education’s Learning Support Network, providing leadership coaching, technical assistance and professional development to four Priority school leaders.

Education & Certifications


  • AB, Princeton University, Public and International Affairs (1996)
  • MSEd, University of Pennsylvania, Elementary Education (2000)

Research Interests


  • Educational Policy
  • Equity in Education
  • Leadership and Organization
  • Poverty and Inequality
  • Professional Development
  • School Reform
  • Sociology