Michael Feuer

Michael Feuer
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It is an exciting time to be part of the Graduate School of Education and Human Development as we debate and engage in some of our nation's most important policy issues. Here, we believe that education has been and will continue to be the single greatest contributor to the public good and the nation's future. I'm looking forward to meeting and discussing these critical topics with you.

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


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).

In the News

Dean Michael Feuer presented the keynote talk at the International Education Week - 2017 symposium in Baku, Azerbaijan, hosted by ADA University. The event is supported by the U.S. Embassy in Azerbaijan and the Public Association of Alumni of American Universities. Dean Feuer was interviewed on CBC TV about the event (his remarks begin at 00:36).

GSEHD staff Marcia Brightman, Courtney Boyce and Vinnie Mitchell received "On-The-Spot" awards from Dean Feuer at the GSEHD Faculty Meeting on Thursday, March 30, 2017 for their above-and-beyond efforts. Marcia expertly organized and managed Educational Administration's move into their new space with minimal impact and had the faculty back up and running in the new space in record time.

GSEHD hosted a Dinner and Discussion launch event for the Mayberg Center for Jewish Education and Leadership. The evening included remarks from Louis and Manette Mayberg, Dean Michael Feuer, and President Knapp. Dr. Erica Brown moderated a discussion with David Brooks from The New York Times and Leon Weiseltier from the Brookings Institution about integrity, identity, and education.

Dean Michael Feuer posted his Statement on GSEHD Core Values on the GSEHD website. If you would like to add comments to the site, please complete the Submit a Comment form.

The Educational Symposium for Research and Innovations (ESRI) 2017 took place this past Saturday in the Marvin Center. The conference was a success, with a large crowd and interesting presentations. Special thanks to GSEHD students Marie Balo Lou and Candace Morgan, the ESRI 2017 Student Co-Chairs, for helping to put the conference together.