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Eric Rice, PhD

Assistant Professor

Keywords: Urban education; school reform; race and diversity; school funding; community involvement; charter schools; teacher quality; teacher recruitment and retention

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Eric Rice is an assistant clinical professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Education, where he teaches and does research about urban school reform, the social context of education and educational inequities. He serves as program area lead for the Masters of Science, Educational Studies program and program liaison for the Urban Teachers program and leads the urban leadership specialization in the Doctor of Education program. He also serves is an associate director of the Urban Health Institute, where he provides leadership for the Small Grants Program.

While completing his PhD in anthropology at Johns Hopkins, he began work on a multiyear ethnographic evaluation study of new teacher mentoring in the Baltimore City Public School System. After spending several years in the city schools Department of Professional Development, he returned to Johns Hopkins as the program evaluator for a U.S. Department of Education partnership grant that brought over 700 teachers into Baltimore City Schools. At the end of that grant he began coordinating Johns Hopkins’ educational outreach to the East Baltimore Development project, as well as administering several School of Education programs related to urban education.

His research interests include school funding, teacher leadership, charter schools and urban school reform. Current projects include an analysis of the discourse around school funding in Baltimore, the creation and improvement of teacher professional development modules to help teachers better motivate students and an evaluation of a school-university partnership focused on engaging families in the transition to ninth grade. He also partners with the Makerere University School of Public Health in Kampala, Uganda, on a study abroad program that focuses on public health and education affecting the lives of Ugandan youth.


PhD, Johns Hopkins University, 2002, Anthropology
MA, Johns Hopkins University, 1994, Anthropology
BA, Reed College, 1989, History


Asghar, A., Ellington, R., Rice, E., Johnson, F., Prime, G. (2012). Supporting STEM Education in Secondary Science Contexts. Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning, 6(2).

Fessler, R., and E. Rice. (2010). “Teacher Career Stages and Professional Development.” International Encyclopedia of Education. 3d ed. Edited by Eva Baker, Penelope Peterson and Barry McGaw, Elsevier.


Urban School Reform
Sociology of Urban Education
Disciplinary Approached to Education
Culturally Responsive Education
Introduction to Global Urban Education


Rice, E., Hardiman, M., “Baltimore City Urban Leadership Contract”. Sponsored by Baltimore City Public School System, (July 2007 – June 2008). (Key Personnel). Abstract: 50% funding to evaluate Baltimore City Schools Leadership programs.

Rice, E., Hardiman, M., “Non-sponsored Urban Leadership Funds”. (January 2008 – June 2008). (Key Personnel). Abstract: 50% funding to evaluate Baltimore City Schools Leadership Programs.

Rice, Eric. (Principal). “Supporting Teacher Leadership in Baltimore City.” (July 2013 – June 2015). Sponsored by the Lois and Irving Blum Foundation. $57,040.

Rice, E., Blum, R. W., “A Study of Faith-based Workers Influence on Adolescent Sexual Health.” Sponsored by Natl Center On Minority Health And, $408,709.00, (July 2011 – June 2013). (Co-Principal Investigator).

Rosenberg, M., Rice, E., “Johns Hopkins University Secondary Support Initiative”. Sponsored by Office of Special Education Programs, $320,000.00. (Supporting).

Rice, Eric (Supporting), Pajak, Edward (Principal), “Improving Student Achievement through Curriculum Leadership,” Sponsored by Maryland Higher Education Commission, Maryland Higher Education Commission (Evaluator).

Rice, E., Fessler, R., “Maryland State Dept. Supporting Stem Academies”. (July 2007 – January 2008). (Key Personnel). Abstract: 50% funding to run all grant activities