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.

Manuel González Canché

Associate Professor 

  • Higher Education Division

Areas of Expertise: College access and affordability; pathways for underrepresented minorities; community colleges.

Joan F. Goodman

Professor

  • Literacy, Culture, and International Education Division

Areas of Expertise: Early childhood; moral education; school discipline and authority

Kathleen D. Hall

Associate Professor of Education and AnthropologyDirector, South Asia Center

  • Literacy, Culture, and International Education Division

Areas of Expertise: Immigration, race relations, and education; citizenship, cultural politics, and national incorporation; class, socialization and social stratification; social theory; ethnographic research

Matthew Hartley

ProfessorAssociate Dean for Academic AffairsExecutive Director, PennAHEAD

  • Higher Education Division

Areas of Expertise: Academic governance in higher education; institutional mission; civic engagement and the democratic purposes of higher education

Nancy H. Hornberger

ProfessorEducational Linguistics

  • Educational Linguistics Division

Areas of Expertise: Educational linguistics; sociolinguistics; educational ethnography and anthropology; bilingualism and biliteracy; multilingualism and language education

Sarah Schneider Kavanagh

Research Assistant Professor 

  • Teaching Learning and Leadership Division

Areas of Expertise: Teacher professional development; teacher education & certification; history and English education; LGBTQ issues in education; inquiry-based instruction

Peter J. Kuriloff

Professor

  • Teaching Learning and Leadership Division

Areas of Expertise: Gender dynamics and education; learning and emotional development; group dynamics

Linda Lucker Leibowitz

Associate Director, Executive Program in School and Mental Health Counseling

  • Human Development and Quantitative Methods Division

Areas of Expertise: Elementary and middle school counseling; developmental and collaborative counseling programs; program administration; peer programs for children at risk

Susan L. Lytle

Professor EmeritaFounding Director, Philadelphia Writing Project

  • Educational Linguistics Division

Areas of Expertise: Literacy and learning in adolescence and adulthood; practitioner inquiry; communities of inquiry; teacher learning, teacher education, and professional development; urban education

James H. Lytle

Practice Professor

  • Teaching Learning and Leadership Division

Areas of Expertise: School reform in the context of federal and state policy; organizational theory and practice; school and district leadership; urban education; education micro-finance

Elizabeth Mackenzie

Lecturer and Program Manager

  • Human Development and Quantitative Methods Division

Areas of Expertise: Mindfulness and mental health; mind-body medicine; sustainability and public health; qualitative health research

Martin Ihrig

Practice Associate Professor, Penn GSE
Adjunct Associate Professor, The Wharton School

  • Academic Associates

Areas of Expertise: Strategy Entrepreneurship Knowledge Innovation Work-based Learning

Yumi Matsumoto

Assistant Professor 

  • Educational Linguistics Division

Areas of Expertise: English as a lingua franca; intercultural communication and pragmatics; the role of gestures in second language learning and teaching; humor construction; second language teacher professional development.

Rebecca A. Maynard

University Trustee Professor of Education and Social Policy

  • Education Policy Division

Areas of Expertise: Education and social welfare policy; economics of education; experimental and qualitative research methods; research synthesis methods

Paul Austin McDermott

Professor

  • Human Development and Quantitative Methods Division

Areas of Expertise: Multivariate statistics; multilevel modeling; longitudinal analysis; item response theory; test construction

Annie McKee

Senior FellowDirector of Medical EducationChief Learning Officer

  • Academic Associates

Areas of Expertise: Leadership; emotional intelligence; organizational development; organizational change; bullying and resilience

Eleni Miltsakaki

Adjunct Professor of Educational Technology 

  • Teaching Learning and Leadership Division

Areas of Expertise: Educational technology, computational linguistics, discourse analysis, readability, ​inquiry-based learning

Robert Moore

Lecturer

  • Educational Linguistics Division

Areas of Expertise: Sociolinguistics and linguistic anthropology; language shift, obsolescence, and endangerment; verbally-mediated interaction; heritage language education; narrative performance and verbal art; language planning and policy discourses; semiotics of brands and branding; Native North American languages; the English language in Ireland

Leslie K. Nabors Olah

Research Assistant ProfessorSenior Researcher, Consortium for Policy Research in Education

  • Academic Associates

Areas of Expertise: Formative assessment; statistical growth modeling; early childhood cognitive development; bilingual education

Michael J. Nakkula

Professor of PracticeChair, Applied Psychology

  • Human Development and Quantitative Methods Division

Areas of Expertise: Adolescent development; risk and resilience; counseling and prevention; youth mentoring

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