Nora Gordon
Associate Professor


  • Data and statistics
  • ESEA
  • Federal funding
  • Federal policy
  • Low-income students
  • Poverty
  • Research and methodology
  • School finance and spending
  • School funding

Nora Gordon is an associate professor at the Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy and a research associate of the National Bureau of Education Research. Her research focuses on fiscal federalism in American education policy and especially the current and historical federal role in elementary and secondary education. She has studied the causes and consequences of school desegregation, state school finance reforms, and school district consolidation. Gordon is an expert on Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. She testified before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions on implementation of its 2015 reauthorization, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). She is a member of the expert panel to the U.S. Department of Education on its “Study on the Title I Formula” as mandated by ESSA and a member of the District of Columbia’s state Title I Committee of Practitioners. Gordon received her doctorate in economics from Harvard University in 2002. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Spencer Foundation for Education Research, and the American Educational Research Association.