Faculty Experts

Penn GSE faculty members are some of the most knowledgeable and innovative experts on education in the world.

Use the filters below to find faculty by name or expertise. You can also visit the Faculty Bookshelf to see recent publications by our faculty.

Pam Grossman

Dean, Graduate School of Education
George and Diane Weiss Professor of Education

Areas of Expertise: English education; literacy; literature; professional/staff development; teacher community; teacher education and certification

Marybeth Gasman

Professor

  • Higher Education Division

Areas of Expertise: Historically Black Colleges and Universities; Minority Serving Institutions; diversity in higher education; African American educational leadership; fundraising and philanthropy

Richard M. Ingersoll

Professor of Education and Sociology

  • Education Policy Division

Areas of Expertise: School management, organization, and accountability; teacher supply, demand and quality; teaching as a profession; sociology of education; sociology of organizations; occupations and work/organizational theory; educational policy

Laura W. Perna

Professor

  • Higher Education Division

Areas of Expertise: Access, choice, and equity in higher education; college finance and affordability; federal and state involvement in pre-college and college education

Ryan Baker

Associate Professor Director of the Penn Center for Learning Analytics 

  • Higher Education Division

  • Teaching Learning and Leadership Division

Areas of Expertise: Areas of Expertise: Big Data in Education; Educational Data Mining; Artificial Intelligence in Education; Human-Computer Interaction; Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs); Learning Analytics

John W. Fantuzzo

Albert M. Greenfield Professor of Human Relations

  • Education Policy Division

Areas of Expertise: Early childhood risk; early childhood education; Head Start; child maltreatment and family violence

Joni Finney

Professor of Practice

  • Higher Education Division

Areas of Expertise: The public finance of higher education; statewide governance in higher education; access and completion in higher education; accountability in higher education

Nelson Flores

Associate Professor

  • Educational Linguistics Division

Areas of Expertise: Language education policy; critical social theory; bilingual education and TESOL; transnationalism; Latino education

Vivian L. Gadsden

William T. Carter Professor of Child Development and Education
Director, National Center on Fathers and Families
Associate Director, National Center on Adult Literacy

  • Literacy, Culture, and International Education Division

Areas of Expertise: Literacy and at-risk youth; fathers and families; intergenerational learning; parental engagement

Michael C. Johanek

Senior Fellow Director, Mid-Career Doctoral Program in Educational LeadershipCo-Director, Inter-American Educational Leadership Network

  • Teaching Learning and Leadership Division

  • Academic Associates

Areas of Expertise: History of U.S. education; educational leadership; school-community relationship; civic education

Yasmin B. Kafai

Professor

  • Teaching Learning and Leadership Division

Areas of Expertise: Learning sciences; constructionism; games and virtual worlds; gender

Kate Kinney Grossman

Director, Urban Teaching Apprentice Program
Collaboratory for Teacher Education

  • Teaching Learning and Leadership Division

Areas of Expertise: Secondary education; teacher training and professional development; project and inquiry-based learning models; trauma informed classrooms; mentoring; Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Barbara "Bobbi" Kurshan

Senior Fellow and Innovation Advisor 

Areas of Expertise: Education and technology; entrepreneurship

Andy Porter

Professor

  • Education Policy Division

Areas of Expertise: Psychometrics; student assessment; education indicators; research on teaching

Matthew Steinberg

Assistant Professor

  • Teaching Learning and Leadership Division

Areas of Expertise: Education policy; program evaluation; applied econometrics; economics of education

Howard C. Stevenson

Professor

  • Human Development and Quantitative Methods Division

Areas of Expertise: African American psychology; effects of at-risk neighborhoods on youth, family, and parental engagement; racial/ethnic socialization and negotiation

Jonathan A. Supovitz

Professor
Director, Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE)

  • Education Policy Division

  • Teaching Learning and Leadership Division

Areas of Expertise: District reform; instructional improvement; school reform/state takeovers; standardized testing; teacher qualifications

Ebony Elizabeth Thomas

Associate Professor

  • Literacy, Culture, and International Education Division

Areas of Expertise: Children’s and young adult literature; teaching of literature; English education; African American education; classroom interaction research

Daniel A. Wagner

Professor
UNESCO Chair in Learning and Literacy
Director, International Literacy Institute 
Director, Program in International Educational Development

  • Human Development and Quantitative Methods Division

  • Literacy, Culture, and International Education Division

Areas of Expertise: International education and development; literacy, learning, and cognition in children, youth, and adults; language acquisition and multi-lingualism; educational technologies; educational psychology

Jonathan Zimmerman

Professor of History of Education 

  • Literacy, Culture, and International Education Division

Areas of Expertise: History of American Education; Politics of Education; Sex, Sexuality, and Schools; Campus Politics and Student Protests; College Teaching and Learning; the effect of “Culture Wars” on public schools; Education and Historical Memory

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