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 Past 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 GW, 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. (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., 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. (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

On November 30, Dean Michael Feuer provided opening remarks at the Parthenon-EY Higher Education Forum. Dr. Daniel Klasik presented on a panel entitled, "Factors and forces affecting the promise," along with GSEHD alumna Jaimie Francis (master's higher education administration), Director of Programs and Operations at the Center for Education and Workforce at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

Dean Michael Feuer gave a presentation at ETS in Princeton, NJ entitled "Threats to Validity: Research, Evaluation, Assessment in a Postfactual World."

Dean Michael Feuer was quoted in the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)'s press release, District of Columbia joins CAEP in Commitment to National Excellence in Educator Preparation. D.C. signed a partnership agreement with CAEP, joining 30 states committed to the rigorous CAEP educator preparation standards.

The Network on Global Educational Opportunity (n-GEO), led by Dean Michael Feuer, hosted a one-day workshop on October 24, which facilitated a research-informed discussion on the impact of privatization, market-driven reforms and other choice-based schooling options on education systems.

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.