David K. Cohen


John Dewey Collegiate Professor of Education, School of Education


Professor of Education Policy & Professor of Public Policy, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy







David K. Cohen is John Dewey Collegiate Professor of Education and professor of public policy at the University of Michigan. His current research interests include educational policy, the relations between policy and instruction, and the improvement of teaching.


His past work has included studies of the effects of schooling, various efforts to reform schools and teaching, the evaluation of educational experiments and large-scale intervention programs, and the relations between research and policy.


With Professors Brian Rowan and Deborah Loewenberg Ball, Professor Cohen co-directed the Study of Instructional Improvement, a large longitudinal study of efforts to improve instruction and learning in reading/language arts and mathematics in high-poverty elementary schools.


David Cohen's books include Learning Policy (with Heather Hill); Usable Knowledge: Social Science and Social Problem Solving (with Charles E. Lindblom); and The Shopping Mall High School (with Arthur G. Powell and Eleanor Farrar). Cohen's most recent book (with Susan L. Moffitt) is The Ordeal of Equality: Can Federal Regulation Fix the Schools? (2009).