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 for the UEP Program

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.

Andrea Flores 

Assistant Professor of Education Andrea Flores studies how educational aspiration is tied to Latino youth’s senses of self and feelings of socio-civic inclusion in the United States. Andrea is also interested in the role of school-community partnerships in both facilitating persistence in school and reshaping public education, and her next project follows a group of students she previously worked with as they transition into private religious colleges. Dr. Flores teaches The Psychology of Teaching and Learning in the fall and New Faces, New Challenges: Immigrant Studies in U.S. Schools and Adolescence in Social Context in the spring.

David Rangel

Assistant Professor of Education David Rangel uses a sociological perspective to understand processes that generate social inequality, with emphasis on the Latino experience in the United States. His current work uses social and cultural capital theories and mixed-methods research to study sources of inequality. Professor Rangel will teach The Sociology of Education in the spring.

Tracy Steffes

Associate Professor of Education and History Tracy Steffes' primary research and teaching interests are twentieth century United States history, the history of American education, and political and policy history. Professor Steffes teaches The History of American Education in the fall and American Political History in the spring.

Michael Grady

Michael Grady leads the Annenberg Institute for School Reform's day-to-day operations, facilitates AISR's leadership cabinet, and serves as liaison to the Brown University administration. Michael is also an assistant professor of practice in the Department of Education and faculty member in the Urban Education Policy program. With Jaime Del Razo, Michael teaches Introduction to Education Research: Design and Methods, is a member of the UEP Admissions Committee and leads a spring workshop on education grantmaking.  His current research interests include college and career readiness, school-university partnerships, and research design. Michael is a member of the steering committee of the Rhode Island Afterschool-Plus Alliance (United Way) and the Providence Education Research Collaborative (PERC) of the Providence Public Schools. Prior to Brown, Michael worked as a program officer at the Annie E. Casey Foundation in Baltimore and, before that, as director of research and evaluation for the Prince George's County Public Schools (Maryland). For five years after college, Michael taught high school history in the U.S. and overseas. He holds EdM and EdD degrees in administration, planning, and social policy from Harvard University and a BA in political science and education from Washington University in St. Louis.

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:

  • Jin Li, Professor of Education
  • Marion Orr, Professor of Political Science and Urban Studies