David Figlio, Carol Lee Named to Edu-Scholar Public Presence Rankings

David Figlio, Carol Lee Named to Edu-Scholar Public Presence Rankings

David Figlio

School of Education and Social Policy professors David Figlio and Carol Lee were named to Frederick Hess’s third annual Edu-Scholar Public Presence Rankings. Hess, the American Enterprise Institute director of education and an Education Week blogger, spotlights scholars who work to move ideas about education from academic journals into the national conversation.

The rankings are designed to recognize university-based academics who are contributing most substantially to public debates about K-12 and higher education. In the ranking of 168 education scholars, David Figlio ranked number 67, and Carol Lee ranked number 108.

Based on seven metrics, the rankings reflect both a scholar's body of academic work — encompassing books, articles, and the degree to which these are cited — and their 2012 footprint on the public discourse as reflected by appearances in education news outlets, blogs, new media and the general press.

David Figlio is the Orrington Lunt Professor of Education and Social Policy, a fellow at the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University, research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and associate of the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research on education and social policy, including influential work on school accountability, standards, welfare policy, and policy design, has been published in numerous leading journals and funded by major agencies and foundations.

He is a member of the executive board of the National Center for the Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research and serves as co-editor of the Journal of Human Resources and associate editor of the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, Journal of Urban Economics, and Education Finance and Policy. He has served on numerous national education task forces and panels, and has advised several U.S. states and nations on five continents on the design, implementation and evaluation of education policy.

Carol Lee

Carol Lee is the Tarry Professor of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern. She is a former president of the American Education Research Association and a current task force co-chair for the World Education Research Association. She is a member of the National Academy of Education, a fellow of the National Conference of Research on Language and Literacy, and a former fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences. She is also the author of two books, Culture, Literacy and Learning and Signifying as a Scaffold for Literary Interpretation.

Several major awards have recognized her contributions to education. These include the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, the Martin E. and Gertrude G. Walder Award for Research Excellence, the National Council of Teachers of English Distinguished Service Award, and the AERA Scholars of Color Distinguished Scholar Award. She has been a member of the faculty of the School of Education and Social Policy and African American Studies at Northwestern University since 1991. 

By Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 1/16/13