On a vote of 3-1, the Shorewood School Board selected Paru Shah from a field of nine candidates to fill its open seat.
School Board members said they liked Shah’s knowledge of education public policy and her research of the impact of racial/ethnic inequalities on politics at the local level.
The seat became available when Michael Mishlove resigned.
Shah is an assistant professor in the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Department of Political Science and was previously a political science professor at Macalester College in Minnesota.
She has served on the board of directors for social services agency Rape Victims Advocates in Chicago and been a member and program director of AmeriCorps.
Shah holds a Ph.D and master's degree in political science from Rice University.
Former School Board President Paul Zovic withdrew his name from consideration Thursday afternoon.
Shah was not available at Thursday night’s meeting.
Story updated 8:56 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 22