Jeffrey Mirel
David L. Angus Collegiate Chair


  • History of education

Jeffrey Mirel’s major areas of interest are the history and politics of urban education and the history of school reform, particularly high school curriculum reform. He is the author of “The Rise and Fall of an Urban School System: Detroit 1907-81,” which won the 1995 Outstanding Book Award of the American Educational Research Association and the 1995-96 Outstanding Book Award of the History of Education Society. He is the co-author with David Angus of “The Failed Promise of the American High School, 1890-1995,” which was published in 1999. His most recent book, “Patriotic Pluralism: Americanization Education and European Immigrants,” was published in 2010 by Harvard University Press. He has been a professor of education at Northern Illinois University and at Emory University, where he was also director of the Division of Educational Studies. He received his doctorate from the University of Michigan. In addition to his appointments in history and education, Mirel is a faculty associate in the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies and a faculty associate in the Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies. Mirel is an elected member of the National Academy of Education.