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Adah Ward Randolph

Program Coordinator, Educational Research & Evaluation
Educational Studies
McCracken Hall 302S

Dr. Adah Ward Randolph holds the B.S. in Education from the University of Iowa and the M.A. in History from The Ohio State University. She received both the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction and the Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Leadership also from The Ohio State University. Dr. Ward Randolph teaches courses in educational research and evaluation, cultural studies, and educational leadership, and her major research interests include the history of African American education; African American literature and history; educational leadership; educational policy; curriculum policy; and race, class and gender studies.

Most Recent Publications:

Ward Randolph, A. (2012). It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness: Ethel Thompson Overby and democratic schooling in Richmond, Virginia: 1910-1958. Educational Studies, 48(3), 220-243.


Ward Randolph, A., & Sanders, S. (2011). In search of excellence in education: The political, academic, and curricular leadership of Ethel T. Overby. Journal of School Leadership, 21(4), 521-547.


Ward Randolph, A., & Weems, M.E. (2010). Speak truth and shame the devil: An ethnodrama in response to racism in the academy. Qualitative Inquiry, 16(5), 310-313.


Ward Randolph, A. (2009). The historical tradition of African American leadership in African American schools: 1830-1955. In L. Foster & L. Tillman (Eds.), African American perspectives in leadership in schools:Building a culture of empowerment (pp.17-37). New York: Rowman & Littlefield.


Ward Randolph, A. (2009). Dear Michelle: Redefining black motherhood. In B. Nevergold & P Bertram (Eds.), Go tell Michelle: African American women letters to the new first lady (pp.151-153). New York: SUNY Press.


Ward Randolph, A. (2008).To gain and to lose: The loving school and the African American struggle for education in Columbus, Ohio: 1871-1882 . In L. Tillman (Ed.), The handbook of African American education (pp.17-21). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.


Ward Randolph, A. (2008). The memories of an all-black northern urban school: Good memories of leadership, teachers and  curriculum. In B. S. Stern & M. L. Kysilka (Eds.), Contemporary readings in curriculum (pp.83-90). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.


Ward Randolph, A. (2008). Thomas Jefferson Ferguson. In H. L. Gates, Jr., & E. Higginbotham (Eds.), African American national biography (pp.251-253). New York: Oxford University Press.


Ward Randolph, A. (2004). Memories of an all-black northern urban school: Good memories of leadership, teachers, and the curriculum. Urban Education39(6), 596-620.


Ward Randolph, A. (2004). Owning, controlling and building upon cultural capital: Thomas Jefferson Ferguson and Albany enterprise academy 1865-1886. In V. P. Franklin & C. Savage (Eds.), Cultural capital and Black education: African American communities and the funding of Black schooling, 1865 to the present (pp.15-33). Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing.