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 was quoted in the GW Today article titled How Can Universities Serve the Greater Good, which covered GSEHD's Conversations that Matter event featuring Dr. Adam Gamoran.

GSEHD Dean Michael Feuer discussed the opportunities for universities to support research for social impact with Dr. Adam Gamoran, President of the William T. Grant Foundation, in Conversations that Matter on Thursday, October 11.

Dean Michael Feuer participated in a panel discussion at the Committee for Education Funding Legislative Conference: Why Education Funding Matters. He presented "Education Funding: US and international comparisons."

Dean Michael Feuer was quoted in the Washington City Paper's article "Who Gets Access to Data About D.C.’s Public Schools?" The article quotes Dean Feuer from his testimony at the D.C. Council's Joint Public Hearing on Bill 22-776 on July 13.

Dean Michael Feuer participated in a roundtable discussion on July 12, 2018 hosted by the Office of the District of Columbia Auditor (ODCA) titled "The District's Public Schools: Data, Reform & the Future." ODCA invited experts on education research and governance to discuss issues such as mayoral control, community participation, how and to what extent data have driven the District's reform efforts, the impact of recent controversies, and prospects for the future of D.C.'s public schools. Another member of the roundtable panel, Karen Williams, is a GSEHD alumna (B.S., elementary education). Ms. Williams is President of the D.C. State Board of Education. Read the report and transcript of the roundtable discussion.