Dr. Ann Lopez is a Jamaican-born professor of educational leadership and policy at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto. She is the director of the Center for Leadership and Diversity; co-director of the Centre for Black Studies in Education, and Diversity, and provostial advisor, Access Programs. Dr. Lopez has recently been appointed as Professor Extraordinarius at the University of South Africa (UNISA).

Dr. Lopez’ research, teaching and scholarly work primarily focuses on antiracist, decolonizing education, equity and diversity in education and schooling, and school leadership across contexts particularly in the global south. Her recent research projects have focused on school leadership in Canada, Jamaica, Kenya and Ghana where she collaborates with local scholars.

Professor Lopez’ most recent book is entitled, Decolonizing Educational Leadership: Alternative Approach to Leading Schools. Professor Lopez is co-Editor-In-Chief of the Journal of School Leadership and Co-Series Editor, Studies in Educational Administration. Lopez is the recipient of the OISE 2020 Award for Distinguished Contributions to Teaching, and the 2022 University of Toronto Award of Excellence and Jus Memorial Human Rights Prize – Influential Leader.


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