Lisa Rosen

Associate Senior Instructional Professor and Associate Director of the Committee on Education



Lisa Rosen is an Associate Senior Instructional Professor and serves as Associate Director of the Committee on Education. Her research focuses on the relationship between education and social inequality, the social context of urban schooling, and the interplay of schooling and identity. In conducting this research, Dr. Rosen is broadly concerned with how urban schools can be better designed to reduce social inequality in educational achievement. She is co-author of The Ambitious Elementary School, a 2017 book which proposes a radical new model for elementary school organization that approaches the entrenched social causes of educational inequality head-on. Dr. Rosen wrote this book with Committee on Education Chair Stephen Raudenbush and Elizabeth Hassrick.

As Associate Director of the Committee on Education, Dr. Rosen is involved in the design and academic administration of the Committee’s curricular offerings at both the graduate and undergraduate level. These programs include a minor program for undergraduate students, as well as a certificate program for MA students at the University. The courses in these programs focus on how families and schools reconcile the tasks of child and youth development, skill formation, and socialization with the changing role of schooling in society amid widespread concerns about social inequality and mobility. She teaches a required course in the Autumn Quarter on education and social inequality to students in both of these programs, in addition to a number of other courses in education research. She is also available to advise prospective and current students in these two programs on curricular requirements and future opportunities.

Click here to learn more about the Education and Society Minor Program, and click here to learn more about the Master’s Certificate Program.

Prior to her current position, Dr. Rosen served as a Research Associate (Assistant Professor) at the Urban Education Institute and the Center for School Improvement at the University of Chicago. During this time, she taught courses in the Urban Teacher Preparation Program and at the Harris School of Public Policy. She also conducted research and shared administrative responsibility for instructional interventions in local schools. More recently, she has managed the “Successful Pathways from School to Work” program, a privately funded project that provides funds for faculty and students at the University of Chicago, and helped lead the University of Chicago’s Science of Learning Center as its Executive Director.


Selected Publications

Hassrick, Elizabeth M., Stephen W. Raudenbush, and Lisa Rosen. The Ambitious Elementary School: Its Conception, Design and Contribution to Educational Equality. Chicago, Ill: University of Chicago Press (2017).

Hamann, Edmund T. and Lisa Rosen. “What Makes the Anthropology of Educational Policy Implementation ‘Anthropological?’” In A Companion to the Anthropology of Education, Bradley A.U. Levinson and Mica Pollack (Eds.), Wiley-Blackwell Press. (2011).

Rosen, Lisa. “Examining a Novel Partnership for Educational Innovation: Promises and Complexities of Cross-Institutional Collaboration.” In Research and Practice in Education: Building Alliances, Bridging the Divide, Cynthia E. Coburn and Mary Kay Stein (Eds.), Rowman & Littlefield Press. (2010).

Rosen, Lisa. “Rhetoric and Symbolic Action in the Policy Process.” In Handbook of Education Policy Research, Gary Sykes, Barbara Schneider, and David N. Plank (Eds.), Routledge Press. (2009).

Rosen, Lisa and Hugh Mehan. “Reconstructing Equality on New Political Ground: The Politics of Representation in the Charter School Debate at UCSD.” American Educational Research Journal, Vol. 40, No. 3, pp. 655-682. (2003).

Rosen, Lisa. “The Politics of Identity and the Marketization of US Schools: How Local Meanings Mediate Global Struggles.” In Local Meanings, Global Schooling: Anthropology and World Culture Theory, Kathryn M. Anderson-Levitt (Ed.), Palgrave/St. Martins Press. (2003).

Rosen, Lisa. “Myth-Making and Moral Order in a Debate on Mathematics Education Policy.” In Policy as Practice: Toward a Comparative Sociocultural Analysis of Educational Policy, Margaret Sutton and Bradley A. Levinson (Eds.), Ablex Press. (2001).

Rosen, Lisa. “Review of American Conversations: Puerto Ricans, White Ethnics and Multicultural Education,” Anthropology and Education Quarterly, 31:2. (2000).


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