Umpstead is interested in the legal aspects of education policy,
particularly educational adequacy, special education, and the No
Child Left Behind Act. She is
supported by a Dean's Scholar Award and a Spencer Research
Training Grant. Gina graduated from the University of Michigan
Law School, clerked for the Michigan Supreme Court, and practiced
as an attorney in the private sector and with the Michigan
entering the Educational Policy program, Gina taught research and
writing at Michigan State University's Law School for four years
and served as interim director of that program. She will seek a
joint appointment in law and education policy at a research
institution upon graduation.
(2006) Negotiating the tension between IDEA & NCLB: A
Disability Studies Perspective. Panel discussion presenter,
Disabilities Studies in Education Conference.
(2005). Educational “Adequacy” and Michigan’s Constitution,
Policy Brief No. 26. Retrieved from
(Under Review). Defining Adequacy: An Overview of the Various
Ways Courts Define the States' Responsibility to Provide for the
Education of Their Children.
Scholar Fellowship, MSU College of Education, 2004-07
Research Training Grant, 2006-07
Research Fellowship, 2005