Nancy Hertzog
Professor of Educational Psychology


  • Early college
  • Engagement
  • Gifted education
  • Personalized learning
  • Student-centered education

Nancy Hertzog is a professor of educational psychology at the University of Washington and director of its Robinson Center for Young Scholars. Her research examines curricular practices and policies in the field of gifted education, including the impact of acceleration on alumni of gifted programs. Hertzog is particularly interested in examining instructional practices that have typically been designed for students identified as gifted and the potential of expanding their use in general education classrooms. Much of her research has focused on models of inquiry-based instruction and specific strategies implemented to address the diverse needs of learners. Motivating her research agenda is a commitment to examining persistent issues in the field of gifted education, especially the practice of arbitrarily labeling a child “gifted.” She is the author of “Ready for Preschool” and “Early Childhood Gifted Education.”