A lifelong educator, Dr. Biden served as Second Lady of the United States from 2009–2017. She will return to the White House alongside her husband President-elect Joe Biden to serve as First Lady of the United States on Jan. 20, 2021.
Over a long career, Dr. Biden has spent more than three decades teaching in community colleges, high schools, and a psychiatric hospital for adolescents. She has two master’s degrees — both of which she earned while working and raising a family — and earned her doctorate in education from the University of Delaware in January of 2007. Her dissertation focused on maximizing student retention in community colleges.
As Dr. Biden often says, being a teacher isn’t just what she does — it’s who she is. She has worked to underscore the critical role of community colleges in creating the best, most educated workforce in the world. She hosted the first-ever White House Summit on Community Colleges with President Obama and led the Community College to Career Tour across the country to highlight industry partnerships between community colleges and employers. Today, she continues to teach at a community college in Northern Virginia, a position she held throughout her time in the White House.
Dr. Biden is the author of several books, including Where the Light Enters: Building a Family, which was released in May of 2019, as well as a children’s book, JOEY: The Story of Joe Biden, published by Simon & Schuster and released June 2020.
Dr. Biden also continues to serve as a prominent voice on the rights and welfare of women, girls, and people with disabilities, especially as related to education. During her first White House tenure, she traveled to nearly 40 countries, visiting almost every region of the world.