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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 University, and Senior
Editor of Education Next, a journal of opinion and
Peterson is a former director of the Center for American
Political Studies at Harvard University and of the Governmental
Studies Program at the Brookings Institution. He received his Ph.
D. in political science from the University of Chicago. He is a
member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the
National Academy of Education, and has received fellowships from
the Guggenheim Foundation, the German Marshall Foundation, and the
Center for Study in the Behavioral Sciences.
He is the author of the book, Saving Schools:
From Horace Mann to Virtual Learning (Harvard University
He is also the author or editor of numerous other publications
including the following:
School Choice International: Exploring public private
partnerships (co-editor with Rajashri Chakrabarti)
School Money Trials: The Legal Pursuit of Educational
Adequacy (co-editor with Martin R. West)
Reforming Education in Florida: A Study Prepared by the
Koret Task Force on K-12 Education (editor)
The Education Gap: Vouchers and Urban Schools (with
William G. Howell)
Generational Change: Closing the Test Score Gap
No Child Left Behind? The Politics and Practice of School
Accountability (co-editor with Martin R. West)
The Future of School Choice (editor)
Our Schools and our Future (editor)
- City Limits
The Urban Underclass (co-edited with Christopher
Price of Federalism
Welfare Magnets (with Mark C. Rom)
The New American Democracy (with Morris P. Fiorina,
Bertram Johnson, and William G. Mayer)
Four of his books have received major awards from the American
Political Science Association. Most recently, he was awarded the
Martha Derthick Best Book Award for The Price of
Federalism. The award is presented to the author of a book
published at least ten years ago that has made alasting
contribution to the study of federalism and intergovernmental
Peterson is a member of the independent review panel advising
the Department of Educations evaluation of the No Child Left Behind
law and a member of the Hoover Institutions Koret Task Force of
K-12 Education at Stanford University. The Editorial Projects in
Education Research Center reported that Peterson's studies on
school choice and vouchers were among the country's most
influential studies of education policy.
The Political Economy of the School
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Selected Publication Citations:
- Academic Journal/Scholarly Articles
Peterson, Paul E. "One Brainchild Left Behind." Hoover Digest:
Research & Opinion on Public Policy 4 (Fall 2016): 138-141.
Barrows, Samuel, Michael Henderson, Paul E. Peterson, and Martin R.
West. "Relative Performance Information and Perceptions of Public
Service Quality: Evidence From American School Districts."
Journal of Public Administration Research and Theor (April
Chingos, Matthew M., and Paul E. Peterson. "Experimentally
Estimated Impacts of School Vouchers on College Enrollment and
Degree Attainment." Journal of Public Economics 122
(February 2015): 1-12.
Peterson, Paul E. "Does the Partisan Divide Include the K-12
Curriculum?" Education Week, September 4, 2015.
Peterson, Paul E. "Teachers and Schools are Funded at a Higher Rate
than Most People Know." Washington Times, August 13, 2015.
Peterson, Paul E. "No Child Left Behind and Testing Help Hold
Schools Accountable." Los Angeles Times, February 23, 2015.
Peterson, Paul E. "A Rescue Plan for the Black Family." New York
Daily News, January 19, 2015.
- Research Papers/Reports
Henderson, Michael B., Philipp Lergetporer, Paul E.Peterson,
Katharina Werner, Martin R. West, and Ludger Woessmann. "Is Seeing
Believing? How Americans and Germans Think about Their Schools."
The Program on Education Policy and Governance, 2015.