Marvin Lazerson
Professor of Higher Education Policy

Higher Ed, P-12

  • Federal policy
  • History of education
  • State policy

Marvin Lazerson is professor of higher education policy in the School of Public Policy, Central European University and professor emeritus, University of Pennsylvania. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Columbia University and a doctorate in history from Harvard University. He is a widely published scholar in the areas of educational history, higher education and social policy. His recent work includes comparing higher education in the U.S. and Europe. A member of the National Academy of Education, he is past president of the History of Education Society. He has taught at Harvard University, Stanford University, and the University of British Columbia, as well as Penn, where he also served as dean of the Graduate School of Education and the university’s interim provost.He is past recipient of the Spencer Foundation’s award for outstanding mentoring. His recent books include “The Education Gospel: the Economic Power of Schooling,” “Institutions of American Democracy: the Public Schools,” and “Higher Education and the American Dream: Success and its Discontents.”