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Daniella Hall

Assistant Professor

Office: Old Main 208
Phone: 864-656-3872
Vita: Click Here

Educational Background

Ph.D. Educational Leadership
The Pennsylvania State University 2016

Ed.M. Child Studies and Elementary Education
Smith College 2003

B.A. Studio Art
Wellesley College 2000


Daniella Hall is an Assistant Professor of Educational and Organizational Leadership Development at Clemson University. Her work examines the intersections of educational leadership and policy in rural communities, with a specific focus on rural school superintendents and school boards. She received her doctorate from the Pennsylvania State University, followed by a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Northwestern University, where she studied school district organization and improvement. She has previously worked with the Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE) at University of Pennsylvania, and the Center on Rural Education and Communities at Penn State. Hall's work has been published in Education Policy Analysis Archives, Rural Sociology, the Journal of Research in Rural Education, and Education Week, among other journals. In 2017, she received the Outstanding Dissertation Award in Education Policy and Politics for her study of school boards in a locally controlled state.

Courses Taught

Organizational Theory for School Administrators (EDL 7100)
Case Study & Ethnography (EDF 9710)
Curriculum Planning & Improvement for School Administrators (EDL 7400)

Research Interests

Rural Schools and Communities
School Boards
District Leadership
Education Policy
Qualitative Methods


Special Issue, The Diversity of Rural Educational Leadership, JRRE
Politics First: Examining the Practice of the Multi-District Superintendent, EPAA
How Education is Failing Rural America, Education Week