» Dr. Kris De Pedro
Assistant Professor

College of Educational Studies
Dr. Kris De Pedro
Office Location:
Reeves Hall
Columbia University in the City of New York, Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology
Harvard University, Master of Education
University of Southern California, Ph.D. in Education

Kris De Pedro is an Assistant Professor at the College of Educational Studies in 2013. He teaches in the PhD, MLD, and IES programs and coordinates the Leadership Studies emphasis in the PhD program. He earned his Ph.D. in Urban Educational Policy at the Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California (USC). His research focuses on the creation of supportive and caring school climates for invisible minority students, including the children of military-service members. His most recent study of military-connected students is currently in press at Teachers College Record. He also developed a literature review on the issues of military students and co-authored an educational policy article on the Interstate Compact for Military-Connected Students in the Review of Educational Research and Educational Researcher, respectively. In addition, he co-authored four guides for teachers, school leaders, pupil service personnel, and parents for Teachers College Press. These books provide evidence-based and homegrown strategies that promote positive and healthy schooling experiences for military students. Dr. De Pedro’s dissertation entitled The Role of School Climate in the Mental Health and Victimization of Students in Military-Connected Schools won the 2013 Outstanding Dissertation Award from the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Division E and the 2013 Dissertation of the Year Award at the USC Rossier School of Education.

Prior to joining Chapman University, Dr. De Pedro helped develop and implement Building Capacity in Military-Connected Schools at USC since 2009. Building Capacity is a Consortium of eight military-connected public school districts, military community organizations, and universities aimed at educational reform for military-connected students. Prior to doctoral studies, he earned a B.A. in Anthropology from Columbia University, a master’s in educational policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and spent several years as a special education teacher in urban schools.

Scholarly Interests

 School Climate

Social and Emotional Learning

Military-Connected Students and Veterans

Participatory Action Research

 Peer Reviewed Articles

 De Pedro, K.T, Esqueda, M., Cederbaum, J., Esqueda, M., & Astor, R.A. (In Press). District, School, and Community Stakeholder Perspectives on the Experiences of Military-Connected Students. In Press at Teachers’ College Record.

 De Pedro, K.T., Astor, R.A., Gilreath, T., Benbenishty, R., and Esqueda, M.C. (In Press). School climate perceptions among military and non-military students in military-connected schools. In Press at Military Behavioral Health Journal.