Working today for a better tomorrow...

Northwestern’s School of Education and Social Policy (SESP) is a global force for good.
SESP catalyzes change by bringing together a wide range of disciplines - including psychology, economics, computer science, organizational studies, sociology, and education – along with many modes of inquiry.
We study individuals, massive organizations - and everything in between.
This deep, complex, and multifaceted research paves the way for life-changing discoveries.


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Research


SESP’s collaborative and transdisciplinary approach emphasizes success and thriving at all ages, from infancy through maturity.

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Leadership


Our diverse programs explore leadership, solution design and change and ways to design and implement policy.

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Improving Lives


We thoughtfully combine research, teaching, and service. Together we can make our main missions even stronger.

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Meet Our Dean

David Figlio

"At Northwestern University's School of Education and Social Policy, we're a family of connectors. We're change agents, dedicated to making people's lives better."

David Figlio,
Orrington Lunt Professor and Dean

Learning, Leadership, and Policy

The SESP Vision

SESP undergraduates

We create connections and partnerships by putting cutting-edge research into action.
From birth to maturity, the SESP family works to improve lives, enhance organizations, and transform individuals, communities, and the world.