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Jennifer Steele

Associate Professor School of Education

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Dr. Jennifer L. Steele is an Associate Professor in the School of Education at American University, and an affiliate faculty member in the Department of Public Administration and Policy. Her research, which emphasizes quantitative methods that support causal inference, focuses on urban education policy at the K-12 and postsecondary levels. She currently leads a federally-funded evaluation of The New Teacher Project’s school leadership pipeline initiative in New Jersey, and she co-leads a study funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences (IES) to examine achievement effects of a statewide scale-up of dual-language immersion education in Utah. The latter work builds on a randomized study of dual-language immersion benefits and costs that she led in Portland, Oregon, also with IES funding. Her other work, which has been funded by entities such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the American Council on Education, and the Lumina Foundation, has examined the distribution of teacher effectiveness in urban districts; teachers’ responsiveness to financial incentives for working in low-performing schools; implementation of the Post-9/11 GI Bill; and effects of competency-based education in five states. She previously worked as a policy researcher at the RAND Corporation, as a teacher at the elementary and secondary levels, and as a manager of teacher recruitment and training for a private education company. She received her doctorate in administration, planning, and social policy from Harvard University.


Ed.D. in Administration, Planning, and Social Pollicy, Harvard University; M.A. in Education, Stanford University; M.A. in English, Georgetown University; B.A. in Psychology and Honors English, Georgetown University

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  • Spring 2018

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urban education, education reform, teacher quality, program evaluation

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Jennifer Steele’s research interests focus on urban education policy at the K-12 and postsecondary levels, with a focus on education reform, teacher quality, and transitions between K-12 and higher education. Her work emphasizes quantitative methods that support causal inference, though she also uses mixed-methods research designs in the context of program evaluation.

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