Leslie Siskin
Research Professor


  • Accountability
  • Blended learning
  • High schools
  • Online learning
  • Urban education

Leslie Santee Siskin, a research professor at New York University Steinhardt and the Institute for Education and Social Policy, is a sociologist of organizations and organizational change. An expert on the American high school, her research focuses on the structures and restructuring of high schools, issues of accountability and comprehensive school reform, and most recently on the introduction and implementation of online/blended learning. In a series of books and articles she has explored teachers’ work in high schools and subject departments (Realms of Knowledge), the possibility of alternative configurations (The Subjects in Question), and the pressures of high-stakes testing (The New Accountability).  Before joining New York University in 2005, she had been an associate professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Hofstra University, a fellow at the University of Cambridge and at Columbia University, and a high school teacher, administrator, and school board trustee.