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Jal Mehta is an Assistant Professor of Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. His primary research interests are in understanding the relationship between knowledge and action; substantively, he is most interested in the policy and politics of closing the achievement gap and creating high quality schooling at scale. His dissertation, The Transformation of American Educational Policy, 1980-2001, recently received the Outstanding Dissertation Award from the AERA politics section. He is a co-author of Rampage: The Social Roots of School Shootings, which was a finalist for the C. Wright Mills Award. He is currently working on a book charting the growing "rationalization" of American schooling, asking what this shift means for the educational field, for the teaching profession, and for social justice. He is also working on a project, The Chastened Dream, about the limits and possibilities of using social science as a means of achieving social progress. Jal received his PhD in sociology and social policy from Harvard University.