American Educational Research Association

About Us

The American Educational Research Association (AERA) is the nation’s largest professional organization devoted to the scientific study of education. Founded in 1916, AERA aims to advance knowledge about education, to encourage scholarly inquiry related to education, and to promote the use of research to improve education and serve the public good.

Our Members

AERA’s more than 25,000 members are faculty, researchers, graduate students, and other professionals with expertise in education research. They work in a range of settings from universities and other academic institutions to research institutes, federal and state agencies, school systems, testing companies, and nonprofit organizations.

AERA’s 12 membership divisions reflect the wide range of expertise of its member scholars:

  • Administration, Organization, and Leadership
  • Curriculum Studies
  • Learning and Instruction
  • Postsecondary Education
  • Measurement and Research Methodology
  • Counseling and Human Development
  • History and Historiography
  • Social Context of Education
  • Research, Evaluation, and Assessment in Schools
  • Education in the Professions
  • Teaching and Teacher Education
  • Educational Policy and Politics

Members are also organized by nearly 160 “special interest groups,” based on their specific fields of study, teaching, or research.

Our Resources

Journals and Books

AERA publishes six peer-reviewed journals, including Educational Researcher, which is available free online. We also publish prominent books on major educational research subjects. The recent titles include Prevention of Bullying in Schools, Colleges, and Universities, and the International Handbook of Research on Environmental Education. Our monthly newsletter, AERA Highlights,provides updates on AERA initiatives, federal public policy developments, and other news of interest to education researchers.  

Annual Meeting

Each year at the AERA Annual Meeting, researchers make hundreds of presentations that preview new research findings and suggest innovative angles for insightful education coverage.

Connecting Reporters to Research and Experts

AERA can connect reporters with the latest research and prominent researchers on key education topics, at all levels of education. These include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Student testing
  • Teacher assessment
  • Equity in higher education
  • School safety and bullying
  • Early education
  • Technology and learning
  • Science and math education
  • Bilingual learning and literacy
  • Research ethics

Media Contacts

Tony Pals, Director of Communications,, (202) 238-3235, (202) 288-9333 (cell)
Lucy Cunningham, Communications Associate,, (202) 238-3234

Find Us Online

Check out our website at   We’re also active on Twitter (@AERA_EdResearch), Facebook (, YouTube (, and LinkedIn (