Our aim has been to assemble a group who vary in their methodological expertise and substantive interests, but who share a lively and wide-ranging curiosity, high intellectual standards, sound and balanced judgment, and an abiding concern to foster scholarship of real significance for improving the educational prospects of the current and of future generations.
2016-2017 Review Panel Members
Charles Clotfelter is Z. Smith Reynolds Professor of Public Policy Studies and Professor of Economics and Law at Duke University. His major research interests are in the economics of education, the nonprofit sector, and public finance. He is the author of Big-Time Sports in American Universities (2011), After Brown: The Rise and Retreat of School Desegregation (2004), Buying the Best: Cost Escalation in Elite Higher Education (1996), and Federal Tax Policy and Charitable Giving (1985). He coauthored (with Philip Cook) Selling Hope: State Lotteries in America (1989) and has coauthored or edited other books pertaining to higher education and the nonprofit sector. At Duke, he has served as vice provost for academic policy and planning, vice chancellor, and vice provost for academic programs. Perviously, he taught economics at the University of Maryland. Clotfelter received his Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University.
Andrew Ho is Professor of Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is a psychometrician whose work improves the design and use of educational tests and test-based metrics, including proficiency, growth, value added, achievement gains, achievement gaps, college readiness, and course completion. He is a member of the National Assessment Governing Board that sets policy for the National Assessment of Educational Progress. He also chairs the Research Committee for the Harvard University Vice Provost for Advances in Learning, where he leads research initiatives in online learning. He holds his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and his M.S. in Statistics from Stanford University.
Mary Pattillo is the Harold Washington Professor of Sociology and African American Studies, and a Faculty Affiliate at the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University. Her research focuses on race and ethnicity, inequality, urban sociology, qualitative methods, and policy. She was a Javits and Truman Scholar, and has won awards, grants and fellowships from the Ford, Fulbright-Hays, Russell Sage, George A. and Eliza Gardner Howard, Spencer, and MacArthur Foundations. She is the author of two award-winning books. Black Picket Fences: Privilege and Peril among the Black Middle Class investigates the economic, spatial, and cultural forces that affect child-rearing and youth socialization in a black middle class neighborhood in Chicago. Black on the Block: The Politics of Race and Class in the City focuses on gentrification, educational reform, and public housing transformation in a Chicago neighborhood. She has published articles in American Sociological Review, Social Forces, Ethnic and Racial Studies, DuBois Review and other journals, and is co-editor of Imprisoning America: The Social Effects of Mass Incarceration. Current projects include a four-city, multi-method study of the effects of housing on children’s socio-emotional development and educational outcomes funded by the MacArthur Research Network on Housing, Children, and Families, and an interview-based study of how parents maneuver school and housing choice policies. She is a founding board member of Urban Prep Charter Academies, Inc., a network of all-boys high schools in Chicago.
Dennis Thompson is Professor of Government and the Alfred North Whitehead Professor of Political Philosophy emeritus in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. He has also been a professor of public policy in the Kennedy School of Government; PhD, Harvard University, 1968. He is the founding Director of the University Center for Ethics and the Professions, (now the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics). He served as Associate Provost, twice as Acting Provost, and later as Senior Adviser to the President. He has been a consultant to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, the U.S. Senate Ethics Committee, the White House Office of Legal Counsel, and the South African Parliament, among other institutions. He also served as an adviser for the Spencer Foundation’s Initiative on Philosophy in Educational Policy and Practice. His most recent book is The Spirit of Compromise: Why Governing Demands It and Campaigning Undermines It (with Amy Gutmann).
University of Connecticut
Suzanne Wilson is the Neag Endowed Professor of Teacher Education at the University of Connecticut. She was previously at Michigan State University, where she was a University Distinguished Professor and chair of the Department of Teacher Education. She received her undergraduate degree in history and American Studies from Brown University, and also has a master’s degree in statistics and Ph.D. in education from Stanford University (1988). Before joining MSU, she was the first director of the Teacher Assessment Project, which created prototypes used for assessments by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Her work spans several domains, including teacher learning, teacher knowledge, and the connection between educational policy and teachers’ practice. She has conducted research on history and mathematics teaching and has reviewed the literature on teacher professional development and teacher education. Her current work focuses on developing sound measures for tracking what teachers learn in teacher preparation, induction, and professional development programs.