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

College access and affordability; pathways for underrepresented minorities; community colleges.

Joan F. Goodman


Literacy, Culture, and International Education Division

Early childhood; moral education; school discipline and authority

Kathleen D. Hall

Associate Professor of Education and Anthropology

Director, South Asia Center

Literacy, Culture, and International Education Division

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

Matthew Hartley


Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Executive Director, PennAHEAD

Higher Education Division

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

Nancy H. Hornberger


Educational Linguistics

Educational Linguistics Division

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

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

Peter J. Kuriloff


Teaching Learning and Leadership Division

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

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

Susan L. Lytle

Professor Emerita

Founding Director, Philadelphia Writing Project

Educational Linguistics Division

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

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

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

Strategy Entrepreneurship Knowledge Innovation Work-based Learning

Yumi Matsumoto

Assistant Professor


Educational Linguistics Division

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

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

Paul Austin McDermott


Human Development and Quantitative Methods Division

Multivariate statistics; multilevel modeling; longitudinal analysis; item response theory; test construction

Annie McKee

Senior Fellow

Director of Medical Education

Chief Learning Officer

Academic Associates

Leadership; emotional intelligence; organizational development; organizational change; bullying and resilience

Eleni Miltsakaki

Adjunct Professor of Educational Technology


Teaching Learning and Leadership Division

Educational technology, computational linguistics, discourse analysis, readability, ​inquiry-based learning

Robert Moore


Educational Linguistics Division

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 Professor

Senior Researcher, Consortium for Policy Research in Education

Academic Associates

Formative assessment; statistical growth modeling; early childhood cognitive development; bilingual education

Michael J. Nakkula

Professor of Practice 

Chair, Applied Psychology

Human Development and Quantitative Methods Division

Adolescent development; risk and resilience; counseling and prevention; youth mentoring