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Last Name
Notre Dame College
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Catholic school history, Cleveland Catholic school history, teaching nuns/Sisters life histories, general education history, education policy history, school law history and policy, autism and giftedness in higher ed
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About Me

I hold a PhD in Urban Education Policy from Cleveland State University as well as a JD from Rutgers Law School.  My Master’s degrees are in education research, evaluation and assessment (M.Ed., Cleveland State University) and English (M.A., Kent State University).  My research approaches include historical case study and critical ethnography.  My main research interests are religious school history, especially Catholic school history, policy and leadership in Cleveland, Ohio.   I am also interested in academic advising for the “first gen” college student and meeting the advising needs of multi-identified autistic/exceptional learner in urban school/higher ed settings.

Recent Publications

West, S. M. (2017).  “Serviam”: A historical case study of leadership in transition in urban catholic schools in Northeast Ohio (Order No. 10610255). Available from ProQuest Dissertations & Theses A&I. (1914699077). Retrieved from


West, S.M. (2016)  “College Credit Plus:  a good fit for your middle or high schooler?”  Northeast Ohio Parent 3 (9), 24-25.


West, S.M. (2015) “Book Review:  Jonathan B. Krasner’s The Benderly Boys and American

Jewish Education.”  Alberta Journal of Educational Research, 61 (2), 247-29.  


Under Gann, S.M.

Gann, S.M.  (2012). “There is a lot of self-reliance”:  Modern military veterans and the challenge of effective transition from soldier to student.  The Journal of Military Experience, Vol. 2.  Richmond:  Eastern Kentucky UP.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Gender, Higher Ed, Law, Local & Regional, Pedagogy, Religion, Urban History, Women