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NYU Steinhardt Launches Education Policy Group


Cross-disciplinary initiative connects faculty and students involved in all aspects of education policy.

Alejandro J. Ganimian speaking to an audience from a podium in front of a slide that lists information about the Education Policy Group

Alejandro J. Ganimian, Assistant Professor of Applied Psychology and Economics

NYU Steinhardt has launched a cross-disciplinary Education Policy Group that seeks to connect faculty and students from across the School who are involved in research, teaching, and practice on education policy in domestic and international contexts. 

This collaborative initiative involves four departments: Administration, Leadership, and Technology (ALT); Applied Psychology (AP); Applied Statistics, Social Science, and Humanities (ASH); and Teaching and Learning (T&L). 

The faculty members who lead the Education Policy Group are Alejandro J. Ganimian, assistant professor of applied psychology and economics; Michael Kieffer, associate professor of literacy education; Luis Rodríguez, assistant professor of educational leadership and policy studies; and Leanna Stiefel, professor of economics and co-director of the Education and Social Policy master’s program.

Jack Knott speaking to an audience with a slide in back of him that reads "NYU Steinhardt, Education Policy Group, Inaugural Launch, February 7, 2024"

Jack H. Knott, Gale and Ira Drukier Dean

“With the Education Policy Group, we seek to shed light on the impressive breadth of education-policy work that is already happening at Steinhardt,” said Jack H. Knott, Gale and Ira Drukier Dean, in his opening remarks at the launch event on February 7. “Our hope is that by bringing this group together and supporting it in the way we are, education policy will be recognized as a major part of our academic reputation and what attracts both faculty and students to us.”

At the launch, the faculty leaders introduced the group’s mission, its brand-new website, and its listserv. They also announced the upcoming events in the spring that are co-sponsored by the Education Policy Group, such as a webinar that explores how graduate students contribute to education policy through critical perspectives and an ongoing professional development seminar series for master’s students in the Human Development Research and Policy program.

Faculty also presented their own work to illustrate the diversity of approaches to education policy research at Steinhardt. For example, Kieffer shared his work on the effects of linguistically heterogeneous versus homogeneous grouping for English learners, and Stiefel spoke about her research into special education policy.

If you are a faculty member, current student, or alumnus and would like to connect with the Education Policy Group or have any questions, please contact Alejandro Ganimian at

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