Jane Waldfogel

P-12, Higher Ed

  • Achievement gap
  • Child development
  • Early childhood and preschool
  • Early learning
  • International comparisons
  • Low-income students
  • Preschool

Jane Waldfogel is a professor at Columbia University School of Social Work and a visiting professor at the London School of Economics. She has written extensively on the impact of public policies on poverty, inequality, and child and family well-being. Her books include “Too Many Children Left Behind: The U.S. Achievement Gap in Comparative Perspective”; “Steady Gains and Stalled Progress: Inequality and the Black-White Test Score Gap”; “What Children Need”; and “Securing the Future: Investing in Children from Birth to College.” She is also the author of over 100 articles and book chapters. Her current research includes studies of paid parental leave, improving the measurement of poverty, and inequality in school readiness and achievement. Waldfogel received her doctorate in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School in 1994.