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 Immediate 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. He is also the host of the education podcast EdFix.

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 published a piece with Rabbi Mitchel Malkus in eJewishPhilanthropy entitled "Why Applied Research Is Integral to Advancing Jewish ECE." Dean Feuer and Rabbi Malkus co-chair the Consortium for Applied Studies in Jewish Education.

The EdFix podcast, hosted by Dean Michael Feuer, was broadcast live from the Community Schools National Forum in Baltimore, Maryland. Throughout the day, Dean Feuer spoke with community school leaders about their commitment to partnering for equity. Highlights from the day will be included in the next episode of EdFix, to be released later this month.

Dean Michael Feuer published an editorial in Science Magazine entitled "Evidence for Opportunity."

Watch the recorded livestream video of The Limits of Civil Discourse featuring Moshe Halbertal, noted Israeli philosopher, professor, and writer, and Jeffrey Goldberg, editor-in-chief of The Atlantic. The conversation was facilitated by Dr. Erica Brown, Director of the Mayberg Center for Jewish Education and Leadership.

Dean Michael Feuer was quoted from his introductory remarks as well in the GW Today article about the event entitled A Religious Philosopher and a Journalist Offer Insights on Civility.

GSEHD, in partnership with the National Council on Measurement in Education, hosted a presentation about ESSA, equity, and measurement in education featuring John B. King, Jr., President and CEO of The Education Trust and Former U.S. Secretary of Education, with Dean Michael Feuer. GWToday covered the event in the article Obama Education Secretary Calls for Closing Racial, Economic Gulf in Educational Outcomes.
In case you missed the event, you can watch the Facebook Live recordings online of the presentation and the question and answer session.