Patricia Albjerg Graham
Professor Emerita


  • History of education

Patricia Albjerg Graham began her career in 1955 teaching high school English and history at Deep Creek High School in the Dismal Swamp area of Virginia. She retired as Charles Warren Professor of the History of Education at Harvard University in 2001. In the interim, she taught high school in Norfolk, Va., and New York City and at Indiana University, Northern Michigan University, Barnard College and Columbia University.  President Jimmy Carter appointed her director of the National Institute of Education.  She also served as president of the Spencer Foundation.  She is the author of five books and many articles.  She received a bachelor’s degree and a master’s from Purdue University, a doctorate from Columbia University and a number of honorary degrees.  Currently she serves on the boards of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Central European University, Smolny  College of St. Petersburg State University, and the Council of the American Philosophical Society.