OCCRL Staff and Affiliates

Derek Houston

Associate Professor of Educational Leadership

Dr. Derek A. Houston teaches courses on the foundations of research methods and quantitative research methods in multiple graduate programs. He also supervises capstone research projects at both the master’s and doctoral levels. Dr. Houston joined SIUE in 2022 after spending one year with the Spencer Foundation and four years at the University of Oklahoma.

Centered at the nexus of critical theory and quantitative methods, Dr. Houston's work engages with policy questions relative to inequality and inequity across the P-20 educational pipeline, advocating for a socially liberating future. His most recent scholarship takes a critical quantitative approach to understanding special education and education degree production. Additionally, his scholarship has focused on critically engaging the tools and processes of quantitative research.


  • Ph.D., Educational Policy Studies, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • M.S., Statistics, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Ed.M., Educational Policy Studies, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • B.S., Actuarial Science, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign