Karen Harbeck, PhD, JD

PhD (Educational History and Law), Stanford University
MA (American History), Stanford University
JD, University of Santa Clara Law School
MA (Women’s Studies/Social Sciences), San Jose State University 

Karen Harbeck is a faculty member in the Graduate Education programs, including the Doctor of Education program. Her research interests include making schools safe for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered youth and the adults who advocate for them.

Her most recent publications include Juvenile Crime (2008); Law and Social Policy; Gay and Lesbian Educators: Personal Freedoms, Public Constraints; and The Massachusetts Title IV State Student Loan Program: Governance, Management, and Grievance Processes.

At the United Nations’ Second World Congress on Family Law and the Rights of Children & Youth in 1997, she was a committee-selected speaker along with Hillary Rodham Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Dr. Harbeck was honored with the 1996 Individual Excellence Award by the Greater Boston Business Council and with the 1992 American Educational Research Association’s Lesbian/Gay Educators Award.

Previously, Dr. Harbeck was a freelance writer of college-level articles on sociology and a professor in the School of Human and Organizational Development at Fielding Graduate University.

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