Richard Elmore
Gregory R. Anrig Research Professor of Educational Leadership


  • Federal policy
  • Leadership and governance
  • State policy

Richard Elmore joined the faculty of the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 1990, having previously taught at the Michigan State University College of Education, and the University of Washington Graduate School of Public Affairs. He is a member of the National Academy of Education, and a past president of the Association for Public Policy and Management, the national organization representing graduate programs in public policy and management. He has held positions in the federal government as a legislative liaison with the U.S. Congress on education policy issues. He is currently director of the educational leadership doctoral program at HGSE. His current research and clinical work focuses on building capacity for instructional improvement in low-performing schools. He spends at least one day per week in schools working with teachers and administrators on instructional improvement. He is coauthor of the 2009 book, “Instructional Rounds in Education: A Network Approach to Improving Teaching and Learning,” and author of “School Reform From the Inside Out: Policy, Practice, and Performance,” published in 2004. Both works were published by Harvard Education Press.