Mollie McQuillan

Position title: Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, UW–Madison


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Mollie McQuillan is an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Their research examines the intersection of educational policy, leadership, school climates, and health of LGBTQ+ and other gender-expansive people in PK-12 schools. Dr. McQuillan has a PhD in Human Development and Social Policy from Northwestern University, and was awarded the American Educational Research Association’s Division A (Administration, Organization, and Leadership) Emerging Scholar Award and the Outstanding Educational Policy Report Award (short) from Division L: (Educational Politics and Policy).

Research areas

Gender & Sexuality

Educational Policy

Organizational Practices and Leadership

Program Evaluation

Social Determinants of Health


Recent Publications

McQuillan, M., & Mayo, C. (2023). School Leaders and Transphobia: Interrupting Direct, Facilitative, Accommodative, and Resistant Forms of Gender-Based Bullying. Educational Administration Quarterly, 0013161X231217747.

McQuillan, M. T., Lebovitz, B. A., & Harbin, L. (2024). The Disruptive Power of Policy Erasure: How State Legislators and School Boards Fail to Take up Trans-affirming Policies While Leaning into Anti-LGBTQ+ Policies. Educational Policy, 08959048231218206.