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Stanford researchers recognized for impact on public debate in education

January 11, 2017
By Brooke Donald
Susanna Loeb is among 19 Stanford researchers named to the "Edu-Scholar" list.
Susanna Loeb is among 19 Stanford researchers named to the "Edu-Scholar" list.
Nineteen Stanford faculty are named key public influencers in school policy and practice in 2017 "Edu-Scholar" list.

Stanford researchers are being recognized for their substantial contributions to public discussion in education.

The American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday released its list of the 200 most influential “Edu-Scholars” – university-based researchers who contribute most substantially to public debates about school policy and practices.

Nineteen Stanford researchers were named to the list, which is published annually in Education Week. Topics studied by the honored scholars include everything from poverty and inequality to teacher tenure, standardized tests and fake news.

Linda Darling-Hammond, professor emerita, topped the ranking, which takes into account academic work, public impact and other measures.

Other recognized faculty were: Larry Cuban, Eric Hanushek, Jo Boaler, Michael Kirst, Nel Noddings, Sean Reardon, Sam Wineburg, Martin Carnoy, Terry Moe, Susanna Loeb, Caroline Hoxby, Thomas Dee, Rob Reich, Bruce McCandliss, David Labaree, Edward Haertel, Margaret Raymond and Eric Bettinger.

Frederick Hess, who directs education policy at AEI, said he is hopeful that recognizing the contributions of these scholars to public debates encourages academics to “step into the fray and revisit academic norms.”

“These results offer insight into how scholars in a field of public concern are influencing thinking and the national discourse,” he said.

To see the complete list of 2017 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings as well as information on methodology, visit this post on Rick Hess Straight Up.