Angela Duckworth tops Education Week’s list of influencers in education for second year in a row

January 5, 2022
Angela Duckworth

For the second year in a row, Angela Duckworth — Penn professor of psychology with a secondary appointment at Penn GSE — has been named at the top of Education Week’s Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings. 

Duckworth, bestselling author of Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance and co-founder of Character Lab, a nonprofit that connects researchers with educators to advance science that improves the lives of children, is widely regarded as having helped shape the national dialogue on child development.

Rick Hess, Director of Education Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute, compiles the list annually. It names 200 university-based scholars in the United States who, according to Hess’s rubric, have done the most in the past year to shape educational practice and policy. 

Duckworth was joined on the list by Penn GSE professors Jonathan Zimmerman, Howard Stevenson, Richard Ingersoll, Roberto Gonzales, and Vivian Gadsden, as well as Penn Vice Provost for Faculty Laura Perna and Dean Pam Grossman

View the full list at Education Week’s website.