University at Buffalo

Simone Fried (she/her)

Simone Fried

Assistant Professor


Specialty/Research Focus

school district policy, school boards, state departments of education, organizational theory, institutions, education policy, policy implementation, leadership, management, administration

Contact Information
484 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Phone: 716-645-1099

Education and Training:
  • Ed.D., Harvard Graduate School of Education, Education Policy, Leadership, and Instructional Practice (2022)
  • Ed.M., Harvard Graduate School of Education, Education (2018)
  • B.A., Swarthmore College, Educational Studies and Literature (2010)
Recent Publications:
Journal Article:
  • Fried, S. A. (2020). State takeover: Managing emotions, policy implementation, and the support/sanction duality in the Holyoke Public Schools receivership. Harvard Educational Review, 90(1), 75–101.
  • Bridwell-Mitchell, E.N. and Fried, S.A. (2018). Learning one’s place: How status matters for social capital in teacher communities. Education Policy, 34(7), 955-991.
Book Review:
  • Fried, S. A. & Yurkofsky, M. M. (2022). [Review of the book Beyond Standards: The Fragmentation of Education Governance and the Promise of Curriculum Reform, by M. Polikoff.] Teachers College Record.
  • Fried, S. A. (2018). [Review of the book Teaching controversial issues: The case for critical thinking and moral commitment in the classroom, by N. Noddings and L. Brooks.] Harvard Educational Review, 88(2), 245-250.
  • Fried, S. A. (2018). Lead, Overcome, Educate, and Serve: Transforming Lowery Elementary [teaching case]. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Recent Presentations:
  • Fried, S. The black box of state takeover: New roles for state education agencies in school reform. Paper presented at the annual conference of the American Educational Research Association, Washington, D.C. April 10, 2016.;

Contact Information

484 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Phone: 716-645-1099