Committee on Education Faculty

Below is a list of faculty members at the University of Chicago affiliated with the Committee on Education, organized by departmental affiliation. Click on any of the names to view a more extensive biography and links to recent publications. 

Charles Abelmann

Director, University of Chicago Laboratory Schools

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Anjali Adukia

Assistant Professor, Harris School of Public Policy

adukia@uchicago.edu

Interests: Education inequality, institutional interventions, education and health

Course(s) in education research: Education in Developing Contexts, Violence in the Early Years

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Elaine Allensworth

Lewis-Sebring Director, Consortium for Chicago School Research, Urban Education Institute

elainea@uchicago.edu 

Interests: Curricular effects on student achievement, organizational supports for school improvement, early warning systems for improving graduation rates, college readiness, school leadership, noncognitive factors

Course(s) in education research: Research Practice Partnerships in Education, Research in School Improvement

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Margaret Beale Spencer

Marshall Field IV Professor of Urban Education, Department of Comparative Human Development

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Michael Dinerstein

Assistant Professor, Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics

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Eve Ewing

Assistant Professor, School of Social Service Administration

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Susan Goldin-Meadow

Beardsley Ruml Distinguished Service Professor, Department of Psychology and Comparative Human Development

sgm@uchicago.edu

Interests: Language development and creation, gesture’s role in communicating, thinking, and learning

Course(s) in education research: Seminar in Language Development, Research Topics in Gesture and Learning

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Deborah Gorman-Smith

Dean, School of Social Service Administration, and Emily Klein Gidwitz Professor

debgs@uchicago.edu

Interests: Development, risk, prevention of youth aggression and violence

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Guanglei Hong

Associate Professor, Department of Comparative Human Development

ghong@uchicago.edu

Interests: Quantitative methods, social causation, educational policy effectiveness

Course(s) in education research: Applied Statistics in Human Development Research, Mediation, Moderation, and Spillover Effects, Introduction to Causal Inference

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Tanika Island Childress

Acting Director, Urban Education Institute, Director and CEO, UChicago Charter School

tanikai@uchicago.edu

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Ariel Kalil

Professor, Harris School of Public Policy

akalil@uchicago.edu

Interests: Impacts of childhood poverty, parental time investment in children’s development, child cognitive development, economic inequality

Course(s) in education research: Child Development and Public Policy

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Micere Keels

Associate Professor, Department of Comparative Human Development

micere@uchicago.edu

Interests: Trauma-responsive educational practices, effects of gentrification on public schools, effects of relocation, experiences of children in immigrant families, race-ethnicity, inequality, post-secondary persistence of Black and Latino students, integration of quantitative and qualitative methods.

Course(s) in education research: Inequality in Urban Spaces

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Susan Levine

Rebecca Ann Boylan Professor in Education and Society,
Department of Psychology

Interests: Cognitive development, development and plasticity of spatial skills, early quantitative development, language development and functional plasticity in children with early brain injury

Course(s) in education research: Advanced Seminar in Developmental Psychology

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John List

Kenneth C. Griffin Distinguished Service Professor, Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics

jlist@uchicago.edu

Interests: Experimental economics, usage of behavioral economics to increase parental engagement in early childhood education, youth violence, economics of charity, environmental economics, experiments in firms

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Magne Mogstad

Gary Becker Professor, Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics

magne.mogstad@gmail.com

Interests: Labor economics; public economics; analysis of social mobility and inequality

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Derek Neal

Professor, Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics

n9na@uchicago.edu

Interests: Accountability and incentives systems in public schools, student assessment systems, relative performance of public and private schools, black-white wage inequality, economics of crime, education policy.

Course(s) in education research: Economics of Education

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Stephen Raudenbush

Lewis-Sebring Distinguished Service Professor, Department of Sociology and the Harris School of Public Policy

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Shantá Robinson

Assistant Professor, School of Social Service Administration

srrobinson@uchicago.edu

Interests: Education, Urban Schools, Race, Ethnicity, and Culture

Course(s) in education research: Cultural Studies in Education, Qualitative Inquiry and Research

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Melissa Roderick

Herman Dunlap Smith Professor, School of Social Service Administration

m-roderick@uchicago.edu

Interests: Urban school reform, high school reform, high-stakes testing, minority adolescent development, school transitions

Course(s) in education research: Data for Policy Analysis and Management, Innovations in Data Use

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Dana Suskind

Professor, Departments of Surgery and Pediatrics

dsuskind@surgery.bsd.uchicago.edu

Interests: Language development, child development, cochlear ear implantation

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Amanda Woodward

Dean, Division of the Social Sciences, and William S. Gray Distinguished Service Professor, Department of Psychology

woodward@uchicago.edu

Interests: Social cognition in infants and young children, cultural and community influences on children’s learning strategies, social-cognitive development. 

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Seth Zimmerman

Assistant Professor, Chicago Booth School of Business

seth.zimmerman@chicagobooth.edu

Interests: Labor economics, public finance, household finance, economics of education

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