2020 Edu-Scholar Public Influence: Top Tens



By 01/14/2020

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Yesterday, we unveiled the 2020 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings. Of course, over the years, readers also wanted to see how scholars fared when it came to particular fields of study. After all, education research includes a lot of people doing very different kinds of work. Consequently, where scholars rank overall may be less telling than where they rank within their field. Today, we’ll report on the top 10 finishers for five disciplinary categories, as well as the top junior faculty. (For a detailed discussion of how the scoring was done, see this post.)

Now, there can be ambiguity when it comes to determining a given scholar’s discipline. For the most part, my invaluable research assistants (RJ Martin, Matt Rice, and Hannah Warren) worked off of CVs, relying primarily on a scholar’s earned degree. In the handful of cases where that didn’t do the trick, I made a judgment call. So, if you think I’ve made the wrong call on someone, just let me know, and we’ll do our best to make appropriate adjustments next year.

 

Curriculum, Instruction, and Administration

Ranking Name Affiliation Google Scholar Book Points Highest Amazon Syllabus Points Newspaper Mentions Education Press Web Mentions Congressional Record Twitter Twitter handle Total
1 Linda Darling-Hammond Stanford 50.0 20.0 16.0 9.0 16.0 20.0 25.0 0.0 6.5 LDH_ed 162.5
2 Jo Boaler Stanford 45.0 20.0 19.6 10.0 4.0 12.0 25.0 0.0 7.3 joboaler 142.9
3 Gloria Ladson-Billings U. Wisconsin-Madison 50.0 19.0 15.4 10.0 4.0 18.0 12.9 0.0 5.1 gjladson 134.4
4 Sam Wineburg Stanford 48.0 6.0 17.6 10.0 9.0 5.0 7.8 0.0 5.9 samwineburg 109.3
5 Andy Hargreaves Boston College 50.0 18.5 9.3 4.4 0.0 4.0 16.0 0.0 6.2 HargreavesBC 108.3
6 Yong Zhao U. Kansas 50.0 20.0 12.3 1.8 0.0 5.0 8.4 0.0 5.8 YongZhaoEd 103.4
7 Larry Cuban Stanford 50.0 20.0 12.5 4.7 0.0 6.0 4.7 0.0 4.0 CubanLarry 102.0
8 Nel Noddings Stanford 50.0 20.0 7.4 10.0 1.0 0.0 8.8 0.0 0.0 97.2
9 Richard (Dick) Elmore Harvard 50.0 17.5 12.4 2.9 0.0 8.0 2.8 0.0 0.1 RichardElmore3 93.7
10 Nell K. Duke U. Michigan 35.0 12.0 14.5 2.1 2.0 2.0 7.9 0.0 6.2 nellkduke 81.7

 

 

Economics

Ranking Name Affiliation Google Scholar Book Points Highest Amazon Syllabus Points Newspaper Mentions Education Press Web Mentions Congressional Record Twitter Twitter handle Total
1 Raj Chetty Harvard 49.0 0.5 0.0 2.3 30.0 28.0 25.0 5.0 0.0 139.8
2 Eric (Rick) A. Hanushek Stanford 50.0 13.5 0.0 5.2 10.0 14.0 25.0 0.0 1.0 EricHanushek 118.7
3 Josh Angrist MIT 50.0 1.0 17.9 1.6 1.0 0.0 23.8 0.0 4.6 metrics52 99.9
4 Henry (Hank) Levin Columbia (TC) 50.0 20.0 10.1 2.6 1.0 0.0 4.3 5.0 0.0 93.0
5 Richard (Dick) J. Murnane Harvard 50.0 6.5 15.0 3.3 0.0 2.0 9.8 5.0 0.0 91.6
6 Caroline M. Hoxby Stanford 50.0 0.0 0.0 2.7 16.0 9.0 12.8 0.0 0.0 90.5
7 Greg J. Duncan UC Irvine 50.0 7.0 6.0 3.3 5.0 0.0 16.5 0.0 0.0 87.8
8 Sarah E. Turner U. Virginia 36.0 1.5 0.0 0.2 9.0 13.0 25.0 0.0 1.1 turnersarahe 85.8
9 W. Steven Barnett Rutgers 50.0 6.0 0.0 1.7 9.0 2.0 12.6 0.0 0.1 wstevenbarnett 81.4
10 Martin Carnoy Stanford 50.0 20.0 0.0 2.7 0.0 0.0 6.6 0.0 0.0 79.3

 

 

Government and Policy

Ranking Name Affiliation Google Scholar Book Points Highest Amazon Syllabus Points Newspaper Mentions Education Press Web Mentions Congressional Record Twitter Twitter handle Total
1 Gary Orfield UCLA 50.0 20.0 0.0 1.7 17.0 0.0 17.2 0.0 4.2 orfieldtweet 110.0
2 William (Bill) G. Tierney USC 50.0 20.0 0.0 0.9 13.0 2.0 9.3 0.0 1.8 TierneyBill 96.9
3 Bruce D. Baker Rutgers 36.0 6.0 0.0 0.4 26.0 4.0 16.5 0.0 6.9 SchlFinance101 95.8
4 Rob Reich Stanford 24.0 6.0 16.9 0.4 23.0 1.0 18.3 0.0 6.0 robreich 95.7
5 Terry M. Moe Stanford 50.0 15.0 9.3 8.8 3.0 2.0 7.2 0.0 0.0 95.3
6 Paul E. Peterson Harvard 50.0 20.0 0.0 6.2 4.0 2.0 12.1 0.0 0.5 Paul_E_Peterson 94.8
7 Robert Kelchen Seton Hall 14.0 2.0 0.0 0.0 30.0 30.0 11.9 0.0 6.2 rkelchen 94.1
8 Jeannie Oakes UCLA 50.0 10.5 9.1 8.6 0.0 2.0 4.6 0.0 0.8 Jeannie_Oakes 85.6
9 Patrick J. Wolf U. Arkansas 38.0 1.5 0.0 0.6 9.0 2.0 25.0 0.0 5.6 P_Diddy_Wolf 81.7
10 Michael Kirst Stanford 50.0 13.0 0.0 1.5 6.0 4.0 2.5 0.0 2.1 Michael_Kirst 79.1

 

 

Psychology

Ranking Name Affiliation Google Scholar Book Points Highest Amazon Syllabus Points Newspaper Mentions Education Press Web Mentions Congressional Record Twitter Twitter handle Total
1 Carol Dweck Stanford 50.0 4.0 20.0 10.0 27.0 27.0 25.0 0.0 0.0 163.0
2 Howard Gardner Harvard 50.0 20.0 16.4 10.0 10.0 7.0 25.0 0.0 5.6 DrHowardGardner 144.0
3 Angela Duckworth U. Penn 50.0 2.0 19.9 3.1 21.0 5.0 25.0 0.0 6.4 angeladuckw 132.4
4 Carol A. Tomlinson U. Virginia 50.0 20.0 18.2 10.0 0.0 14.0 4.8 0.0 3.4 cat3y 120.4
5 Daniel Willingham U. Virginia 50.0 11.0 17.3 8.6 7.0 8.0 8.8 0.0 6.9 DTWillingham 117.6
6 Claude Steele Stanford 50.0 2.0 18.7 9.2 9.0 2.0 11.7 0.0 0.1 cmasonsteele 102.8
7 David C. Berliner Arizona State 50.0 11.5 9.3 4.3 2.0 6.0 12.1 0.0 0.9 DavidCBerliner 96.2
8 Robert (Bob) C. Pianta U. Virginia 50.0 9.5 4.1 6.5 3.0 0.0 20.6 0.0 0.1 bobpianta 93.9
9 Catherine Snow Harvard 50.0 20.0 0.0 9.4 5.0 0.0 8.5 0.0 0.0 92.9
10 Gene V. Glass Arizona State 50.0 14.5 1.5 4.4 0.0 2.0 10.5 0.0 2.2 GeneVGlass 85.1

 

 

Sociology

Ranking Name Affiliation Google Scholar Book Points Highest Amazon Syllabus Points Newspaper Mentions Education Press Web Mentions Congressional Record Twitter Twitter handle Total
1 Pedro Noguera UCLA 43.0 10.0 9.8 2.6 30.0 12.0 22.0 0.0 6.4 PedroANoguera 135.8
2 Sara Goldrick-Rab Temple 30.0 3.0 12.6 0.3 30.0 24.0 25.0 0.0 7.8 saragoldrickrab 132.7
3 Robert E. Slavin Johns Hopkins 50.0 20.0 10.0 10.0 3.0 1.0 8.4 0.0 4.3 RobertSlavin 106.7
4 Shaun R. Harper USC 50.0 8.0 7.5 4.0 5.0 12.0 10.9 0.0 5.2 DrShaunHarper 102.7
5 Marc Lamont Hill Temple 16.0 9.0 10.7 0.5 30.0 1.0 25.0 0.0 9.0 marclamonthill 101.2
6 Bruce Fuller UC Berkeley 50.0 14.5 0.0 1.0 9.0 2.0 7.9 0.0 0.0 84.4
7 Sean F. Reardon Stanford 50.0 0.5 0.0 0.3 15.0 8.0 7.8 0.0 0.6 seanfreardon 82.1
8 William (Bill) F. Tate Washington U. 28.0 3.5 0.0 0.4 30.0 6.0 7.8 0.0 4.7 WFTate4 80.4
9 Tyrone Howard UCLA 33.0 7.5 11.3 1.7 11.0 2.0 8.4 0.0 5.4 TyroneCHoward 80.3
10 Mike Rose UCLA 28.0 13.0 12.5 10.0 0.0 0.0 16.6 0.0 0.0 80.1

 

 

Junior Faculty

Ranking Name Affiliation Google Scholar Book Points Highest Amazon Syllabus Points Newspaper Mentions Education Press Web Mentions Congressional Record Twitter Twitter handle Total
1 Anthony Jack Harvard 6.0 2.0 19.0 0.1 7.0 5.0 9.1 0.0 5.8 tony_jack 53.9
2 Jack Schneider U. Massachusetts Lowell 11.0 6.0 0.0 0.2 10.0 7.0 4.4 0.0 6.0 Edu_Historian 44.6
3 Anna Egalite North Carolina State 16.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 3.0 0.0 2.0 0.0 5.5 annaegalite 26.5
4 Eric Taylor Harvard 13.0 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.0 0.0 8.6 0.0 0.1 eric_s_taylor 22.1

 

 

The tables pretty much speak for themselves. The top finisher in Curriculum, Instruction, and Administration was Linda Darling-Hammond; in Economics, Raj Chetty; in Government and Policy, Gary Orfield; in Psychology, Carol Dweck; and, in Sociology, Pedro Noguera.

Beyond the disciplinary breakdowns, I also want to give a special nod to junior faculty who made the list. Given that the rankings, by design, favor scholars who’ve built bodies of work and had a sustained impact, the junior faculty who fare well deserve particular notice. (Indeed, readers will note that the list of junior faculty only includes four names.) Harvard’s Anthony Jack topped the junior faculty chart this year, coming in 140th overall. The other junior faculty to make the Edu-Scholar 200 were University of Massachusetts-Lowell’s Jack Schneider, North Carolina State’s Anna Egalite, and Harvard’s Eric Taylor.

Well, that wraps up the 2020 Edu-Scholar Rankings. We’ll do this all again next year; same time, same place. Next week, we’ll return to our regularly scheduled programming.

Frederick Hess is director of education policy studies at AEI and an executive editor at Education Next.

This post originally appeared on Rick Hess Straight Up.




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