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

English education; literacy; literature; professional/staff development; teacher community; teacher education and certification

Marybeth Gasman

Professor

Higher Education Division

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

Shaun R. Harper

Associate Professor
Director, Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education

Higher Education Division

Race in higher education; Black male college access and achievement; men and masculinities; college environments; student outcomes and engagement

Richard M. Ingersoll

Professor of Education and Sociology

Education Policy Division

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

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

John A. DeFlaminis

Executive Director, Penn Center for Educational Leadership
Adjunct Professor of Education

Academic Associates

Educational leadership; organizational behavior; superintendents/school boards/governance; administrator development

Laura M. Desimone

Associate Professor

Education Policy Division

Policy effects on teaching and learning in the core academic subjects; policy implementation; improvement of methods for studying policy implementation and effects

John W. Fantuzzo

Albert M. Greenfield Professor of Human Relations

Education Policy Division

Early childhood risk; early childhood education; Head Start; child maltreatment and family violence

Joni Finney

Practice Professor

Higher Education Division

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

Nelson Flores

Assistant Professor

Educational Linguistics Division

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

Reading/Writing/Literacy Division

Literacy and at-risk youth; fathers and families; intergenerational learning; parental engagement

Michael C. Johanek

Senior Fellow Director, Mid-Career Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership

Co-Director, Inter-American Educational Leadership Network

Teaching Learning and Leadership Division
Academic Associates

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

Yasmin B. Kafai

Professor

Teaching Learning and Leadership Division

Learning sciences; constructionis; games and virtual worlds; gender

Barbara "Bobbi" Kurshan

Executive Director of Academic Innovation 
Senior Fellow

Education and technology; entrepreneurship

Andy Porter

Professor

Education Policy Division

Psychometrics; student assessment; education indicators; research on teaching

Matthew Steinberg

Assistant Professor

Teaching Learning and Leadership Division

Education policy; program evaluation; applied econometrics; economics of education

Howard C. Stevenson

Professor

Applied Psychology - Human Development Division

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

Jonathan A. Supovitz

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

Education Policy Division
Teaching Learning and Leadership Division

District reform; instructional improvement; school reform/state takeovers; standardized testing; teacher qualifications

Ebony Elizabeth Thomas

Assistant Professor

Reading/Writing/Literacy Division

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

Applied Psychology - Human Development Division

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