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Sarah Margaret Odell


Director of Learning and Innovation Research

The Hewitt School

Sarah Odell is a feminist scholar, researcher, and educator who has extensive experience working with influential women and creating gender-focused programming. A former executive intern to Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, Sarah has also worked as an editorial assistant at HarperCollins Publishers and taught courses on female American writers and feminist theorists at the Hill School in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, and Miss Porter’s School in Farmington, Connecticut. While at Miss Porter’s, Sarah created an internship program in Washington D.C. where seniors at the girls’ school interned for organizations that championed policy for women and families. A graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy and Wellesley College, Sarah earned her masters degree at the University of Pennsylvania where she authored a thesis on women and educational leadership in independent schools. She is currently a doctoral student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Departments of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis and Gender and Women’s Studies, studying gender inclusive leadership in K-12 education. Her dissertation is titled Listening for Resistance: Stories Challenging the Binary in K-12 Educational Leadership. She will complete her doctorate in the spring of 2022.

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