David Cohen


  • School reform
  • Teacher quality

David Cohen’s current research interests include educational policy, the relations between policy and instruction, and the improvement of teaching. His past work has included studies of the effects of schooling, various efforts to reform schools and teaching, the evaluation of educational experiments and large-scale intervention programs, and the relations between research and policy. With Brian Rowan and Deborah Loewenberg Ball, Cohen codirected the Study of Instructional Improvement, a large longitudinal study of efforts to improve instruction and learning in reading/language arts and mathematics in high-poverty elementary schools. A nationally recognized authority on educational reform, Cohen taught at Harvard and Michigan State University before arriving at the University of Michigan. He teaches two courses, education policy and fundamental issues in education policy, that are cross-listed between the Ford School and the School of Education. He also teaches a doctoral seminar in the School of Education, “The Social Foundations of Schooling.” Cohen received his doctorate from the University of Rochester.