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

Dr. Iris Rotberg and Dr. Joshua Glazer’s edited book Choosing Charters: Better Schools or More Segregation? (Teachers College Press) is highlighted in the Fall 2018 AERA Division L Newsletter, along with a featured commentary by Dr. Rotberg on the social costs of proliferating charter schools. Dr. Rotberg and Dr. Glazer were interviewed in September by Dean Michael Feuer as part of his EdFix podcast series.

Dean Michael Feuer gave a talk on “perspectives on education policy” to students and faculty at the Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan.

EdFix: A Podcast about the Practice and Promise of Education hosted by Dean Michael Feuer, has released its tenth episode entitled The Research-Practice Partnership Advantage. Research-Practice Partnerships (RPPs) create a two-way street between practitioners and researchers to address problems of practice and come up with solutions. Using this research, leaders can make data-informed decisions about the strategies that really work to improve their schools and school districts. In this episode of EdFix, Ruth Wattenberg, recently re-elected member of the D.C. State Board of Education, and Elizabeth Grant, visiting associate professor in education policy at GSEHD, discuss the benefits and challenges of a potential RPP for Washington, D.C.. You can listen to the episode here.

Dr. Laura Engel presented on the costs and benefits of international assessments on the National Academy of Education 2018 annual meeting plenary panel entitled "The Ever-Evolving Role of Educational Assessments." Dean Michael Feuer participated on this panel as well. Dr. Engel also gave a talk, "Global Education Through Digital Environmental Storytelling: #60above60," at a Global Teacher Webinar.

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.