Diana Pullin
Professor of Education Law and Public Policy


  • Legal issues
  • Standardized tests
  • Value-added

Diana Pullin’s research focuses on the impact of law on education practice and the relationship between social science research and professional standards on the law. She has served as dean of the School of Education at Boston College and as legal counsel for students, educators and schools in many different types of legal disputes, particularly over high stakes uses of testing. She has published numerous books, chapters, and articles and serves as a volunteer expert at the National Academy of Sciences, advising Congress and state and federal government officials on education policy issues. She also works as an advisor to lawyers on issues concerning the use of experts in educational and employment litigation involving testing. Pullin is a fellow of the American Educational Research Association, a lifetime national associate of the National Academy of Sciences, and, until recently, served on the Board on Testing and Assessment of the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences. She is an associate editor of the interdisciplinary journal Educational Policy.