Michael Feuer

Michael Feuer
Professor, Education Policy
(202) 994-6161

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. In the fall of 2014, President Obama appointed Dean Feuer as a Member of the Board of Directors of the National Board for Education Sciences.

Prior to his joining GWU, for the previous 17 years, Dean Feuer held positions at the National Research Council of the National Academies, most recently as the executive director of the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education. He also served as 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 New York, 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.

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.

Feuer is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the American Educational Research Association.


Feuer, M. J. (2016). The rising price of objectivity: Philanthropy, government, and the future of education research. Harvard Education Press.

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. (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).


Feuer, M. J. (2012). No country left behind: Notes on the rhetoric of international comparisons of education. William Angoff Invited Lecture. Princeton: ETS.

In the News

Dean Michael Feuer's Conversations that Matter lecture series event with Dr. Chip Edelsberg, Private Wealth, Public Good, was highlighted in GW Today's article Individual Philanthropy May be a Source of Public Power.

On September 27, Dean Michael Feuer and Dr. Chip Edelsberg engaged in a fascinating discussion about the very complex issues surrounding philanthropy and education. In case you missed it, watch the Facebook live recording of the event.

Dean Michael Feuer published a post in The Times of Israel entitled What is it about The New Yorker?

In June, 2017, the Network for Global Educational Opportunity (n-GEO), led by Dean Michael Feuer, co-hosted the workshop Cross-national Perspectives on Economic Inequality and Educational Opportunities: The Case of Chile with colleagues from the Center for Advanced Studies in Education (CIAE) and the Center for Social Conflict and Cohesion Studies (COES) at the University of Chile, Santiago. The workshop brought together distinguished presenters and discussants from Chile, the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia, and Israel. The sessions served as a platform for discussing issues related to educational inequality in Chile, offering a comparative lens from international academics and policy experts. Specific topics included privatization, vouchers, market dynamics, and school choice. The four main sessions included: (1) Education, work, and social mobility, including the importance of social and emotional learning; (2) Market dynamics in education: Quality; (3) Undesirable effects of market dynamics in education: Equity; and (4) Education policy and school improvement.

Dean Michael Feuer published a guest post, Private Charity, Government Spending, and Education Accountability: Myths and Realities, on the Harvard Education Publishing's Voices in Education blog.