Category: Faculty Impact, General News, University News

Title: McCourt professor among the top 200 most influential scholars in educational practice and policy

Date Published: January 5, 2022
Dr. Nora Gordon

Education Week unveiled its 12th annual “Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings,” recognizing the foremost education scholars who move ideas from academic journals into the national conversation. McCourt School Professor Nora Gordon was among the top 200.

In addition to teaching at McCourt, Dr. Gordon is a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, a non-resident fellow of the Urban Institute and a member of the FutureEd Advisory Board. She is an associate editor of Education Finance and Policy and co-author of “Common-Sense Evidence: The Education Leader’s Guide to Using Data and Research.” Dr. Gordon’s research focuses on American education policy, with an emphasis on the federal role in elementary and secondary education. 

Since 2010, Rick Hess, author of Education Week’s opinion blog “Rick Hess Straight Up” and a resident scholar of the American Enterprise Institute, and his team have scored more than 20,000 university scholars in nine categories. The rankings reflect, in roughly equal parts, the influence of a scholar’s academic scholarship and their influence on public debate as reflected in old and new media. 

“I am honored to be included with this group of outstanding scholars,” said Dr. Gordon. “With the increased politicization of everyday decisions in education, Rick’s effort with these rankings is more important than ever. I hope our local and national conversations can begin to acknowledge common ground on evidence, while engaging in civil, explicit discussions of differing values.”

See the full list of scholars here.