Suzanne Eckes

Susan S. Engeleiter Chair in Education Law, Policy, and Practice

270E Education Building

1000 Bascom Mall

Madison, WI 53706-1326

Eckes, Suzanne

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Suzanne Eckes is the Susan S. Engeleiter Professor of Education Law, Policy, and Practice at the School of Education. Much of her research focuses on how civil rights laws impact education policies in K-12 public schools. She is a co-author or co-editor of several articles and books, including Legal Rights of School Leaders, Teachers and Students (8th ed., Pearson). She is a faculty affiliate with the University of Wisconsin Law School. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Wisconsin School of Education, she was a professor at Indiana University, a lawyer, and a public high school teacher.


  • PhD , University of Wisconsin Law School and Graduate School of Education, 2002
  • JD , University of Wisconsin Law School and Graduate School of Education, 2001
  • Ed M Administration, Planning, and Social Policy, Harvard University Graduate School of Education, 1998
  • BA Political Science, International Relations, French, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1994
  • BA , Institut d'etudes politiques/Faculte des lettres, 1993

Select Awards and Honors

  • Invited, National Education Policy Center, 2020
  • Trustee's Teaching Award, Indiana University, (2020, 2018, 2015, 2012, 2010, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004)
  • Distinguished faculty Research Award and Lecture, Indiana University, 2019
  • Strong, Smart and Bold Award, Girls Inc. of Monroe County, 2018
  • President to Education Law Association, Education Law Association, (2017, 2018)
  • Martin Luther King Jr., Building Bridges Award, Indiana University, 2015
  • Student Choice Outstanding Faculty Award, Indiana University, 2010
  • Burton W. Gorman Teaching Award, Burton W. Gorman, 2009
  • Jack A. Culbertson Award, University Council of Educational Administration, 2007