Office: Payne 210E
Assistant Dean of International Affairs
Assistant Professor, Department of Leadership Policy and Organizations
Professor Cravens' research interests focus on the analysis of educational reform policies that are particularly related to the organizational and cultural contexts of schools in the United States and other countries in the world. Her academic work has been devoted mainly to two areas: understanding the role of school leaders (principals and superintendents) in a changing policy environment, and addressing the conceptual and methodological challenges of cross-cultural comparison and generalization in international education policy research.
Recently, she participated in research studies on charter school effects with the National Center on School Choice, the development and validation of the Vanderbilt Assessment of Leadership in Education® (the VAL-ED), and the cross-cultural validity and reliability of the VAL-ED in Chinese urban schools.
Cravens teaches courses in international education policy analysis and research methods as a faculty at the Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations. She holds an administrative appointment as Peabody College's assistant dean for international affairs and serves as the China Liaison for the Vanderbilt International Office.