Laura Pappano


Laura Pappano is the inaugural writer-in-residence at the Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW). An experienced journalist who writes about education and gender equity issues in sports, Pappano has been widely published in The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, The Boston Globe, The Boston Globe Magazine, The Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, Huffington Post, Good Housekeeping, Working Mother, and The Harvard Education Letter, among other publications. She is author of Inside School Turnarounds, published by Harvard Education Press (2010), The Connection Gap: Why Americans Feel So Alone, published by Rutgers University Press (2001). She is co-author with Eileen McDonagh of Playing with the Boys: Why Separate is Not Equal in Sports, published by Oxford University Press (2008) and winner of the Choice Award. At WCW, Pappano is working on the Women’s Sports Leadership Project, including conducting research on the value of sports experience to workplace hiring. Her study of ticket prices in men’s and women’s NCAA Division I college sports with Allison Tracy was presented at the World Conference on Women and Sport in Sydney in 2010. She and Dr. Tracy and Sumru Erkut, Ph.D, recently completed a new study, “What Value Do Corporate Recruiters Place on a Varsity Sports Credential?,” that Pappano and Tracy presented in June 2014 at the World Conference on Women in Sport in Helsinki. Pappano earned her B.A. from Yale College; was a visiting scholar in the Women's Studies Department at Northeastern University, Boston, MA; and was a visiting scholar in the Murray Research Center, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

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Laura Pappano has moderated popular and scholarly education discussions, including at and the 92nd Street Y. She is also founder of the New Haven Student Journalism Project, which in collaboration of the Yale Office of New Haven and State Affairs has college student mentors work with about 50 public school students in grades 2-8 to produce a school newspaper, The East Rock Record. (




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