Aaron Pallas

Dear Current and Prospective Students, Faculty, and Alumni,

Around the world, people count on education to help solve our most pressing social problems. The Department of Education Policy and Social Analysis (EPSA) at Teachers College unites faculty, graduate students, researchers, and other staff who study the education policies created by governments. EPSA draws on the tools of the disciplines of economics, political science, and sociology, and on legal reasoning, to study education policies ranging from early childhood to postsecondary education. Collectively, we hope that the study of where policies come from, how they are implemented, and what effects they have can lead to a more just society.

EPSA houses four academic programs—Economics and Education; Politics and Education; Sociology and Education; and the interdisciplinary Education Policy program—offering programs of study leading to master’s and doctoral degrees. Our graduates are prepared to work side-by-side with policymakers, practitioners, and the public in federal, state and local education agencies; in foundations, think tanks, and non-profit research and advocacy organizations; and in schools, colleges, and non-governmental organizations serving children, youth, and adults.

If you are already part of the EPSA community, we hope you will stay in touch. And if you are thinking of joining us, please reach out with a question or a comment. We’ll be happy to respond.


Aaron M. Pallas
Arthur I. Gates Professor of Sociology and Education
Chair, Department of Education Policy and Social Analysis

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