Michael Feuer

Michael J. Feuer

Michael J. Feuer Ph.D.

Dean of the Graduate School of Education & Human Development

Professor, Education

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  • Michael Feuer is Dean of the Graduate School of Education and Human Development and Professor of Education Policy at The George Washington University, and President of the National Academy of Education.
  • Before coming to GW Feuer held positions at the National Research Council of the National Academies for 17 years, most recently as the executive director of the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education. Prior to joining the NRC he was a senior analyst and project director at the US Congress Office of Technology Assessment.
  • Feuer received his BA (cum laude) in English literature from Queens College (CUNY), an MA in public management from the Wharton School, and a PhD in public policy analysis from the University of Pennsylvania. He has studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Sorbonne, was on the faculty of the business school at Drexel University from 1981-­1986, and has taught courses in education policy and research at Penn and Georgetown.
  • His 2006 book, “Moderating the Debate: Rationality and the Promise of American Education” (Harvard), was praised for its applications of economics and psychology to education policy and research. Feuer consults regularly to educational institutions and government in the US, Israel, Europe, and the Middle East. He has published in education, economics, and policy journals and has had reviews, essays, and poems in newspapers and magazines in Washington, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and New York. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the American Educational Research Association.
  • He lives in Washington with his wife, Dr. Regine B. Feuer. The Feuers have two grown children.


  • Feuer, M.J. (2014). Pure and applied science and Pasteur’s quadrant. In D. Philips, et al, (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Educational Theory. Sage.
  • Engel, L., Feuer, M.J. (2014). On the merits of, and myths about international assessments. Quality Assurance in Education, 22(4).
  • Feuer, M.J., Floden, R., Chudowsky, N., Ahn, J. (2013). Evaluation of teacher preparation programs: Purposes, methods, and policy options. Washington, DC: National Academy of Education.
  • Feuer, M.J. (2013). Validity of international large-scale assessments: Truth and consequences. In , M. Chatterji (Ed.), Validity and test use: An international dialogue on educational assessment, accountability and equity. London: Emerald.
  • Feuer, M.J. (2012). No country left behind: Notes on the rhetoric of international comparisons of education. William Angoff Invited Lecture. Princeton: ETS.
  • Feuer, M.J. (2011). Politics, economics, and testing: Some reflections. Midwestern Educational Researcher, 24(1).
  • Feuer, M.J. (2010). Externalities of testing: Lessons from the blizzard of 2010. Measurement: Interdisciplinary Research and Perspectives, 8, 59–69.
  • Feuer, M.J., Maranto, C. (2010). Science advice as procedural rationality: Reflections on the National Research Council. Minerva, 48, 259–275.
  • Feuer, M.J. (2009) Rationality and idealism: A moderate response to Bredo, Kerdeman, and Robertson. Educational Theory, 59(5).


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