Ellen Condliffe Lagemann
Distinguished Fellow


  • History of education
  • Juvenile justice

Ellen Condliffe Lagemann is the Levy Institute research professor at Bard College and the distinguished fellow at the Bard Prison Initiative. She previously served as Charles Warren professor of the history of American education at Harvard University, where she was also dean of the Graduate School of Education, and as president of the Spencer Foundation in Chicago. In addition, Lagemann has been a professor of history and education at New York University, where she was founding chair of the Department of the Humanities and the Social Sciences and director of the Center for the Study of American Culture and Education in the school of education. Before that she was on the faculty at Columbia University. Lagemann is the author or editor of many books, articles, reviews, and book chapters. Her most recent book, edited with Harry Lewis, is “What is College For? The Public Purpose of Higher Education.” Lagemann is a former high school social studies teacher. She received her bachelor’s degree from Smith College, her master’s from Teachers College, Columbia University, and her doctorate in history and education with distinction from Columbia University.