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Five Steinhardt Faculty Members Ranked as Most Influential Policy Scholars in the Nation

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The results are in, and five NYU Steinhardt faculty members are among the most influential policy academics in the country according to the 2020 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence ranking.

Compiled by Rick Hess, a blogger at Education Week, the Edu-Scholar list recognizes university-based scholars who had the biggest influence on educational practice and policy last year. 

“These are scholars whose ideas move from academic journals into the public discourse,” Hess said. “Given that there are well over 20,000 university-based faculty tackling educational questions in the U.S., making the Edu-Scholar list is an accomplishment.

Five Steinhardt faculty members named on Edu-Scholars Ranking

This year's list includes:

#6:  Diane Ravitch is an NYU Steinhardt research professor. She is an educational historian and award-winning author of many books including the newly released, Slaying Goliath: The Passionate Resistance to Privatization and the Fight to Save America’s Public Schools (Knopf 2020).

#72: Joshua Aronson is an associate professor and researcher whose work has investigated stereotype threat and how social and psychological influence academic achievement.

#87: Hirokazu Yoshikawa is a community and developmental psychologist who studies early childhood intervention, the effect of poverty reduction on child development, and how public policies and programs related to immigration impact children and families. Yoshikawa is the Courtney Sale Ross University Professor of Globalization and Education and an NYU University Professor.

#120: Okhee Lee, a professor of childhood education, has been recognized for advancing research, policy, and practices that promote science and language learning for all students including English learners. 

#187: Stella Flores, associate professor of higher education, researches equity and access, specifically how state and federal policies impact college access and admission. Her work has been cited in amicus briefs submitted to the Supreme Court in cases related to affirmative action in higher education. 

Given that there are well over 20,000 university-based faculty tackling educational questions in the U.S., making the Edu-Scholar list is an accomplishment.”

Rick Hess, Education Week