Robert Balfanz
Research Scientist


  • College preparation
  • Graduation rate
  • High schools
  • Middle schools

Robert Balfanz is a research scientist at the Center for Social Organization of Schools at Johns Hopkins University and associate director of the Talent Development Middle and High School Project, which includes more than 50 high-poverty secondary schools. His work focuses on translating research findings into effective reforms for high-poverty secondary schools. Balfanz has published widely on secondary school reform, high school dropouts and instructional interventions in high-poverty schools. He wrote “Locating the Dropout Crisis” with co-author Nettie Legters. Balfanz is also the lead investigator on a middle school dropout-prevention project in collaboration with the Philadelphia Education Fund, which is supported by the William Penn Foundation. Balfanz received his doctorate in education from the University of Chicago.