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.

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

Ross Aikins

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Program Manager 

  • Higher Education Division

Veronica Aplenc

Lecturer, Program Manager

  • Teaching Learning and Leadership Division

Areas of Expertise: Negotiation of identity; historic built environment; material culture; urban life; 20th-century Yugoslavia; disciplinary history; qualitative research methods

Earl Ball

Co-Director, School Leadership

  • Teaching Learning and Leadership Division

Areas of Expertise: Governance issues in schools; teacher professional development; independent schools; leadership identification and development; curriculum innovation and design

Sigal Ben-Porath

Professor

  • Literacy, Culture, and International Education Division

Areas of Expertise: Civic education; gender studies; philosophy of education; political philosophy

NancyLee Bergey

Associate Director, Teacher Education

  • Teaching Learning and Leadership Division

Areas of Expertise: Elementary and middle school science education; teacher education

Robert F. Boruch

University Trustee Chair Professor of Education and StatisticsCo-Director, Center for Research and Evaluation in Social Policy (CRESP)

  • Human Development and Quantitative Methods Division

Areas of Expertise: Evaluation of effects of educational and social interventions; evaluation in developing countries; randomized controlled trials; ethics in social research; systematic reviews of evidence and standards of evidence

Judy L. Brody

Lecturer

  • Academic Associates

Areas of Expertise: Educational leadership; principals

Yuko Goto Butler

Professor 

  • Educational Linguistics Division

Areas of Expertise: Language assessment; cross-linguistic/cross-cultural learning and teaching; second language acquisition; bilingualism and biliteracy

H. Gerald Campano

Professor

  • Literacy, Culture, and International Education Division

Areas of Expertise: Immigrant identities in the contexts of schooling; K-8 literacies; practitioner research; school-university partnerships; urban education

Wendy Chan

Assistant Professor

  • Human Development and Quantitative Methods Division

Areas of Expertise: Statistical methods to improve generalizations in education; Multilevel modeling and experimental design; Propensity score methods for generalization; Small area estimation

Xinyin Chen

Professor

  • Human Development and Quantitative Methods Division

Areas of Expertise: Children’s socioemotional development; peer relationships; parenting and family influences

Priscilla Dawson

Co-Director, School Leadership

  • Teaching Learning and Leadership Division

Areas of Expertise: Organizational leadership; leadership practices

Caroline Brayer Ebby

Adjunct Associate ProfessorSenior Researcher, Consortium for Policy Research in Education 

  • Teaching Learning and Leadership Division

Areas of Expertise: Math instruction; teacher preparation and professional development; creating locally relevant curriculum; using formative assessment to improve mathematics instruction.

Diane E. Eynon

Senior FellowDirector of the Executive Doctorate in Higher Education ManagementSenior Scholar, Penn AHEAD

  • Higher Education Division

Areas of Expertise: Higher education in developing countries and economies; global trends and issues in higher education; gender and higher education; gender and economic development and growth

Douglas A. Frye

Associate Professor

  • Human Development and Quantitative Methods Division

Areas of Expertise: Children’s theory of mind; cognitive development; early mathematical development; human development

Ameena Ghaffar-Kucher

Senior LecturerAssociate Director, International Educational Development Program

  • Literacy, Culture, and International Education Division

Areas of Expertise: Immigrants and schooling; citizenship and trans/nationalism; curriculum and pedagogy in international contexts; literacy and development; educational development discourse

Margaret E. Goertz

ProfessorCo-Director, Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE)

  • Education Policy Division

Areas of Expertise: Education policy and government; school finance; school reform and assessment

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