Andrene J. Castro, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership

Andrene J. Castro, Ph.D.


  • Ph.D. in educational policy and planning, concentration in race and gender studies, University of Texas at Austin
  • M.S. in urban education; African diaspora studies, Florida International University
  • B.S. in English education, University of South Florida

Research interests

Cultural politics of race in schools; education policy; teacher labor markets; school leadership on teacher recruitment and retention; school-community intersections

Recent publications

  • Castro, A. & Edwards, W. (in press). Innovation to what end? Exploring the growing landscape of Texas teacher preparation pathways.
  • Green, T., Germain, E., Castro, A., Latham Sikes, C., Sanchez, J., & Horne, J. (2020). Changing neighborhoods, same schools? An emerging typology of school changes in a gentrifying district. Urban EducationDOI: 10.1177/0042085920974090
  • Castro, A. (2020). Tensions between what principals know and do: The role of labor market conditions on teacher recruitment and hiring. Leadership and Policy in Schools
  • Holme, J., Castro, A., Barnes, M. Haynes, M., & Germain, E., & Sikes, C. (2020). Studying the implementation of the federal full-service community schools grant program. Education Policy
  • Jabbar, H., Cannata, M. Germain, E., & Castro, A. (2019). It’s who you know: How teachers use social networks to find jobs in decentralized labor markets. American Educational Research Journal, 57(4), 1485-1524.
  • Green, T.L., Castro, A., Lowe, T., Gururaj, S., Sikes, C., & Mba, C. (2019). Gaining on-the-ground perspectives in developing the community equity literacy leadership assessment (CELLA) for principal. International Journal of Educational Management, 34(2), 417-431.
  • Jabbar, H., Castro, A., & Germain, E. (2019). To switch or not to switch? The influence of school choice and labor market segmentation on teachers’ job searches. Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 41(3), 375-399.
  • Green, T.L., Sánchez, J.D., Castro, A. (2019). Closed schools, open markets: A critical geospatial analysis of school closures and charter openings in Detroit. AERA Open, 5(2), 1-14.
  • Green, T.L. & Castro, A. (2017). Doing counterwork in the age Trump: Resisting a Trump-DeVos education agenda. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 30(10), 912–919.


Andrene J. Castro is an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and research faculty at the Institute for Inclusion, Inquiry, and Innovation at Virginia Commonwealth University. She also serves as a research fellow for the Minority Educator Recruitment, Retention, and Equity Center (MERREC) at Virginia Commonwealth University and holds visiting affiliate status at New York University. Castro’s research broadly explores the cultural politics of race in education policy. Her current work focuses on two educational policy areas: 1) the intersection of policies and leadership practices impacting teacher recruitment and retention with a particular focus on teachers of color; and 2) school reform policies influencing neighborhood-communities. She is a former teacher, school district leader, and policy fellow at the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans at the U.S. Department of Education.

Curriculum Vitae

(804) 828-8736 [main number for Department of Educational Leadership]