Laura Desimone
Associate Professor


  • Accountability
  • Educational standards
  • Federal policy
  • Professional development
  • State policy
  • Teacher quality

Laura M. Desimone’s research focuses on policy effects on teaching and learning in the core academic subjects, and policy implementation. Desimone holds a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University, a master’s from American University, and a doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in public policy analysis. She is a professor at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, where she has been since 2007. Before that, she served on the faculty at Vanderbilt University, worked as a senior research scientist at the American Institutes for Research, and was a post-doctoral research associate at Yale University’s Bush Center in Child Development and Social Policy. She also was a researcher at RAND Corporation in Washington, D.C., and at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center in Chapel Hill, N.C. Her work has been funded by the National Academy of Education/Spencer postdoctoral program, the National Science Foundation and the Institute for Education Sciences. Her work has been published in a variety of journals, including the American Education Research Association, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, and Educational Researcher.