PAUL E. PETERSON (Ph.D., Chicago, 1967)
Paul E. Peterson is the Henry Lee Shattuck Professor of Government and Director of the
Program on Education Policy and Governance at Harvard University, a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford,
and Editor-In-Chief of Education Next, a journal of opinion and research on education policy. He is a former
director of the Center for American Political Studies at Harvard University and of the Governmental Studies program at
the Brookings Institution.
Peterson is the author or editor of over one hundred articles and twenty-two books, including No Child Left Behind?
The Politics and Practice of School Accountability, The Future of School Choice, Our Schools and our Future...Are We Still
At Risk? The Education Gap: Vouchers and Urban Schools; Charters, Vouchers, and Public Education; Earning and Learning: How
Schools Matter; Learning From School Choice; The Politics of School Reform: 1870-1940; School Politics Chicago Style; City
Limits; The New Urban Reality; The Urban Underclass; The Price of Federalism; Welfare Magnets; and The New American
Democracy. Three of his books have received major awards from the American Political Science Association.
After receiving his PhD from the University of Chicago, he was a professor for many years there in the Departments of
Political Science and Education. Peterson chaired the Social Science Research Council's Committee on the Urban
Underclass and has on many committees of the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences. He is a member
of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences the National Academy of Education, and has also received fellowships from the
Guggenheim Foundation, the German Marshall Foundation, and the Center for Study in the Behavioral Sciences.
His various research projects have been supported by the Department of Education as well as the Achelis, Bradley, Bodman,
Casey, Dillon, Ford, Fordham, Friedman, Gund, Hume, Packard, Olin, Rockefeller, Smith-Richardson, and Walton foundations.
Most recently he was awarded the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation prize for Distinguished Scholarship, part of their Excellence
in Education award program. He has also been appointed to a Department of Education independent review panel to advise the agency in evaluating the Title I program for disadvantaged students.