Todd A. DeMitchell

Professor of Education
Master in Public Policy Faculty

Todd A. DeMitchell holds the position of John and H. Irene Peters Professor of Education. He is a professor in the Education Department and in the Justice Studies Program at the University of New Hampshire. He also is a faculty member for the Master in Public Policy at the Carsey School of Public Policy. Professor DeMitchell, prior to joining the faculty, served in the public schools for 18 years (elementary school teacher, principal (K-8), director of personnel & labor relations (K-12), and superintendent (K-8)). At UNH he has served as associate chair and chair of the Department of Education, coordinator of graduate studies for the Justice Studies Program, and chair of the Faculty Senate. He is currently a Faculty Fellow in the Senior Vice-Provost’s Office of Engagement and Academic Outreach where he serves as the Co-Chair of Advancing Chairs as Leaders. He received the Distinguished Professor Award, a Teaching Excellence Award, a Kimball Fellowship in the Department of Education, and was selected as the Lamberton Professor of Justice Studies. He also received the Jim Rubovitz Best Paper Award from the New England Educational Research Organization. In addition, he is a member of the Board of Trustees, New Hampshire Institute for Civics Education. And, on a side note, he was inducted into the University of La Verne Athletic Hall of Fame (linebacker, football).

            Professor DeMitchell studies the legal mechanisms that impact schools and colleges. His primary focus is on education law and labor relations. He has written on free speech, tort liability, discrimination, search and seizure, school uniforms and school dress codes, as well as on reform and unionization. His eighth book on labor relations in education will be published (Rowman & Littlefield) in the late fall of 2016. He has published over 190 law review articles, peer-reviewed articles, commentaries, book reviews, and book chapters, as well as numerous policy briefs. His scholarship has been cited in court cases and in motions before state and federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, annotated state statutes, and major law reviews as well as major peer reviewed education journals.


  • B.A., History, La Verne College
  • M.A.T., History, University of La Verne
  • M.A., Philosophy of Education, University of California at Davis
  • Ed.D., Organization & Control, Minors in European Intellectual History and Higher Education ,University of Southern California
  • Post-Doctorate, School Law & Policy, Harvard Graduate School of Education