AERA Announces New Editor Team for Educational Researcher
AERA Announces New Editor Team for Educational Researcher

July 2023

AERA has announced the appointment of Nicholas Bowman (University of Iowa) as the new editor-in-chief of Educational Researcher for 2024–2026. Joining Bowman are five co-editors: Olusola O. Adesope (Washington State University), Brian P. An (University of Iowa), Royel M. Johnson (University of Southern California), Angela Urick (Baylor University), and Anjalé (AJ) Welton (University of Wisconsin, Madison).

This team will succeed the co-editor team of Thurston Domina (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill), Andrew McEachin (NWEA), Dana Thompson Dorsey (University of South Florida), and Sarah Woulfin (University of Texas at Austin).

“We are excited about the appointment of such an outstanding team of prominent scholars to take the helm of ER,” said AERA Executive Director Felice J. Levine. “Under their leadership, the journal will continue to advance its mission on a broad range of topics, including with an eye to cutting-edge, transformative education research.”

The team was appointed by AERA President Tyrone Howard after an extensive search driven by the AERA Journal Publications Committee, which is charged with making editorial recommendations to the president. As editors, Bowman and his colleagues will begin receiving new manuscripts on October 1, 2023.

ER is AERA’s premier journal, reaching widely across education research and aligned fields by publishing original research from multiple disciplines, theoretical orientations, and methodologies. ER offers broad accessibility for major programmatic research and new findings of general significance to the education research community.



Nicholas A. Bowman is the Mary Louise Petersen Chair in Higher Education, Professor of Educational Policy and Leadership Studies, Senior Research Fellow in the Public Policy Center, and Director of the Center for Research on Undergraduate Education at the University of Iowa. His scholarship uses a social psychological lens to explore key topics in higher education, including student success, diversity and equity, rankings, admissions, and quantitative methodology. Bowman’s work has appeared (or is currently in press) in over 100 journal articles, over 25 book chapters, and nearly 150 peer-reviewed conference presentations. This research has been published in various prestigious outlets, including AERA journals.


Olusola O. Adesope is the Boeing Distinguished Professor of STEM Education and the Associate Dean for Research & External Funding in the College of Education at Washington State University. His current research focuses on the investigation of instructional principles and assessments in STEM education, cognitive and pedagogical underpinnings of learning with computer-based multimedia resources, and the use of systematic reviews and meta-analyses for advancing evidence-based practices. Adesope’s scholarship is mostly funded by the National Science Foundation and often appears in top peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Adesope has over 150 published journal papers, book chapters, and proceedings.



Brian P. An is Associate Professor of Educational Policy and Leadership Studies, as well as Faculty Affiliate of the Center for Research on Undergraduate Education at the University of Iowa. Before taking his position at Iowa, An was Postdoctoral Research Associate for the Center for Research on Educational Opportunity at the University of Notre Dame. Broadly, An’s research focuses on issues regarding entry into and outcomes within postsecondary education, such as college choice, college access, student persistence, the impact of college on students, and degree attainment. His research has been published in Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, Social Science Research, Social Science Journal, and elsewhere.



Royel M. Johnson is an Associate Professor of Education and Social Work at the University of Southern California, where he serves as Chair of the School of Education’s PhD program. He is also Director of the National Assessment of Collegiate Campus Climates at the USC Race & Equity Center and is a faculty member at the Pullias Center for Higher Education. His research critically examines issues of educational access and success for marginalized groups, as well as campus climate and culture change for racial equity. His more than 50 publications appear in outlets like the Journal of Higher EducationPeabody Journal of Education, and Teachers College Record. Additionally, he has edited three books, including Racial Equity on College Campuses: Connecting Research and Practice (SUNY Press). 




Angela Urick is an Associate Professor in the School of Education, Department of Educational Leadership, at Baylor University. Her research interests examine school improvement through principal and teacher leadership and school conditions, which she uses to inform policy and address student equity and access to learning opportunities. She is best known for her expertise in advanced statistical methods and large databases. This methodological expertise has lead to collaborations and leadership across research centers and involvement with externally funded projects. Her research has appeared to a variety of audiences, scholars, practitioners and policymakers, through presentations, media, books/book chapters, and peer-reviewed articles across such journals as Educational Administration Quarterly, Education Policy Analysis Archives, Social Science Research, Research in Comparative and International Education, among other outlets.   



Anjalé (AJ) Welton is the Rupple-Bascom Professor of Education and Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her  scholarship examines how educational leaders both dialogue about and address race and racism in their school communities. She is currently engaged in several research-practice partnerships where PK-12 educational leaders use participatory and co-designed research methods to interrogate problems of practice around racial equity in their schools. Her research has been published in AERA Open, Educational Administration Quarterly, Educational Policy, International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, and many other leading journals.