Dr Leila Morsy

Senior Lecturer
School of Education


+61 2 9385 9318
Room 108, Goodsell Building


(during session) Tuesday: 10am - 12pm
Fields: Policy and Administration, Education Policy
Tags: Education policy, Equity and Access to Education

Leila Morsy is a Senior lecturer in the School of Education. She was raised in France and completed her university and post-graduate education in the United States.

Her primary research interest is the factors contributing to school achievement differences between black and white and low and high-income students. In particular, she is interested in the effect of (1) family, (2) health, (3) housing, and (4) neighborhoods on children’s outcomes. She is also interested in non-school-based solutions to improving the cognitive and non-cognitive outcomes of low-SES children. She is interested in supervising empirical studies on these topics. 

Leila has a B.A. in literature, Bard College; an M.A. in secondary education, Teachers College, Columbia University; an EdM in education policy and management, Harvard University Graduate School of Education; and an EdD in educational policy, leadership, and instructional practice, Harvard University Graduate School of Education.





Leila is passionate about her teaching. She started as a Teach for America teacher in under-resourced schools in Texas and New York City. She spent two years teacher middle-school writing at a public school in the Bronx and then was part of the founding team of a Harlem-based charter school where she taught middle-school reading. When completing her doctoral studies at the Graduate School of Education, at Harvard, Leila was the teaching assistant for several applied educational policy classes. 

At UNSW, she convenes the 2nd year Bachelor of Education core course: EDST2003. She teaches the course on education policy for postgraduates (EDST5451) as well as an postgraduate course on instructional rounds (to be offered in 2017).

Honours and prizes

  • 2015 Vice Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence, Early Career
  • 2015 Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences Award for Teaching Excellence, Early Career
  • Shortlisted for 2016 Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences Award for Research Impact

Affiliations and membership

American Educational Research Association
Member, 2007 – present

Harvard Club of Australia

Related links

Selected coverage of Leila Morsy's work:

Leila Morsy's work with the Economic Policy Institute 

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