Susan Neuman
Professor of Early Childhood and Literacy Development


  • Early childhood and preschool
  • Reading and literacy

Susan B. Neuman is a professor and chair of teaching and learning at New York University in New York City specializing in education and early childhood policy. Previously, she was a professor at the University of Michigan and the U.S. assistant secretary for elementary and secondary education under President George W. Bush. In her role as assistant secretary, she established government policies that we were targeted at improving the lives of people who live in poverty. She has served as advisor on national and international boards and has conducted many evaluations to better understand how community resources can be used to enable families to prosper in often-difficult circumstances. Neuman has authored 11 books that focus on how education and educational policies, among them “Changing the Odds for Children at Risk” and “Giving Children a Fighting Chance.”