Faculty

These are the faculty members who will teach the required, core courses that provide the foundation for the focus and rigor of the Urban Education Policy program.

Core Faculty from the Education Department


Kenneth Wong

Professor of Education Kenneth K. Wong holds the Walter and Leonore Annenberg Chair for Education Policy and serves as the Program Director for the Urban Education Policy (UEP) program. Professor Wong, one of the nation’s experts on the politics of public education, also teaches Urban Politics and School Governance, a core course in the UEP program.

John Tyler

John Tyler, Professor of Education, Economics, and Public Policy, is a labor economist who focuses on economics of education related topics. Professor Tyler, an experienced researcher with large data sets, teaches Economics of Education, a core course in the UEP program.

John Papay

Assistant Professor of Education John Papay uses an economic perspective to evaluate K-12 educational practices, including teacher evaluation programs, compensation, and professional growth. He’s interested in exploring how those policies, in turn, affect students. Professor Papay will teach course Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation for Education in the spring. 

Matthew Kraft

Assistant Professor of Education Matthew Kraft studies human capital policies in education with a focus on teacher effectiveness and organizational change in K-12 urban public schools. His research and teaching interests include the economics of education, education policy analysis, and applied quantitative methods for causal inference. Professor Kraft teaches Quantitative Research Methods and Data Analysis in the fall.

Core Faculty from the Annenberg Institute for School Reform (AISR)


Michael Grady

Michael Grady is the Annenberg Institute’s Deputy Director and Co-director of the Community-Centered Education Reform initiative; he is principal investigator for a major collabora­tion with the National League of Cities, working with municipal leaders to increase public participation in school improvement. Dr. Grady holds an Ed.D. from Harvard Uni­versity. His research and policy interests include urban education reform, educational equity, community and parent engagement, and research and evaluation design. He co-teaches the course on Introduction to Education Research: Design and Methods.

Warren Simmons

Warren Simmons is Executive Director of the Annenberg Institute and co-directs its work in Community-Centered Education Reform. Dr. Simmons received his Ph.D. in psychology from Cornell University. He serves on the boards and advisory groups of numerous education-reform initiatives, including the Public Education Network, the Cross City Campaign for Urban School Reform, and Cambridge College. He co-teaches the course on Structures and Systems in Urban Education.

Michelle Renée

Michelle Renée uses her expertise in education policy, research translation, and community organizing to work across multiple projects and teams. Prior to joining the Institute, she was a post-doctoral fellow at UCLA’s Institute for Democracy Education and Access, where she conducted research, briefed elected officials, and built partnerships between politicians, researchers, and community organizers. She is program chair for the American Education Research Association Grassroots Youth and Community Organizing Special Interest Group. She holds a B.A. from the University of California–Santa Cruz and a Ph.D. in education from the University of California–Los Angeles.  She co-teaches the course on Structures and Systems in Urban Education.

Jaime Del Razo

Jaime L. Del Razo is a Principle Associate in the Research and Policy area of the Institute. His work at the institute includes (1) Indicators framework development and implementation that leverages time for school equity and social justice; (2) Research on the academic achievement of black and brown males; and (3) Research on the intersection of immigration and education. Jaime is also an adjunct assistant professor for the Department of Education at Brown University. His research interests include the education of undocumented students, demilitarization of schools, critical race theory, and education issues of access and equity especially in communities of poverty.  He co-teaches the course Introduction to Education Research: Design and Methods.

Other Faculty Contributors to the UEP Program

In addition to the core faculty of the UEP program, other Brown University faculty members contribute to the program either through student advising, providing research and internship opportunities for UEP students, or as instructors of approved UEP elective courses. These additional faculty include but are not limited to the following:

  • Carl Kaestle, Professor of Education, History, and Public Policy
  • Jin Li, Associate Professor of Education
  • Margary Martin, Visiting Assistant Professor of Education
  • Marion Orr, Professor of Political Science and Public Policy
  • Deborah Rivas-Drake,  Assistant Professor of Education and Human Development
  • Tracy Steffes Assistant Professor of Education and History