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Jennifer Steele Associate Professor School of Education

Contact
Send email to Jennifer Steele
(202) 885-3762 (Office)
(202) 885-1187 (Fax)
SOE - School of Education
Spring Valley Building - 473
By appointment: calendly.com/jensteele1
Additional Positions at AU
Affiliate Faculty, Department of Public Administration and Policy
Degrees
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

Bio
Dr. Jennifer L. Steele is an Associate Professor in the School of Education at American University (AU), and an affiliate faculty member in AU's Department of Public Administration and Policy. Her research, which emphasizes quantitative methods that support causal inference, focuses on education policy and the economics of education at the P-12 and postsecondary levels. Her current research examines school-to-work transitions and the role of information access in students’ college-and-career readiness. Her work has been funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the American Council on Education, among others, and has appeared in outlets such as the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, American Educational Research Journal, and Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis. Dr. Steele’s recent studies have estimated the causal effects of dual-language immersion education and the effects of alternative school leadership pathways on student achievement. Her other work 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 holds a doctorate in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from Harvard University.
See Also
Twitter: @jensteeledc
For the Media
To request an interview for a news story, call AU Communications at 202-885-5950 or submit a request.

Teaching

Spring 2020

  • EDU-790 Quantitative Research in Educ

  • EDU-790 Quantitative Research in Educ

Fall 2020

  • EDU-610 Qual & Quant Research Strat

  • EDU-610 Qual & Quant Research Strat

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Selected Publications

AU Experts

Area of Expertise

Urban Education, Education Reform, Teacher Quality, Program Evaluation

Additional Information

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.

For the Media

To request an interview for a news story, call AU Communications at 202-885-5950 or submit a request.

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