Member Since: 2003
Michael Feuer is dean of the Graduate School of Education and Human Development and professor of education policy at the George Washington University, past president of the National Academy of Education, and nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. He came to GW in 2010 from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, where he was the founding director of the Board on Testing and Assessment, founding director of the Center for Education, and executive director of the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education. Previously Feuer had been senior analyst and project director at the US Congress Office of Technology Assessment, where he specialized in educational technology and testing. Feuer’s research has focused on the economics of education and accountability, international comparative assessments, evaluation of teacher preparation, inequality and academic opportunity, uses and misuses of testing, science policy, use of research to inform policy, and the role of philanthropy in public policy. In addition to many edited volumes and journal articles, Feuer has written two books, both published by Harvard Education Press: Moderating the Debate: Rationality and the Promise of American Education (2006), and The Rising Price of Objectivity: Philanthropy, Government, and the Future of Education Research (2016). His essays, commentaries, book reviews, and poems have appeared in newspapers, blogs, and magazines in the US and abroad. He consults regularly to governments and research organizations in Europe, Israel, and elsewhere. Recent essays have addressed the role of social science in pandemic models, risk assessment, and the condition of education in the West Bank and Gaza. He is currently at work on a book about civic education. Feuer was appointed by President Obama in 2014 to the National Board for Education Sciences. He is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the American Educational Research Association, member of the steering committee for the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities Initiative on Education Research, and past co-chair of the Collaborative for Applied Studies in Jewish Education. Feuer received his BA in English from Queens College (CUNY), the MA in public management from the Wharton School, and the PhD in public policy from the University of Pennsylvania. He was on the faculty at Drexel University from 1981-1986 and has taught at Penn and Georgetown. He lives in Washington, DC with his wife Regine, a physician certified in both ob-gyn and addiction medicine. The Feuers have two grown children.