Ellen Condliffe Lagemann

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Ellen Condliffe Lagemann

"Senior Scholar Ellen Condliffe Lagemann is Levy Institute Research Professor at Bard College, and director of the Institute’s Project on Equality of Educational Opportunity in the 21st Century. She is in addition a Bard Center Distinguished Fellow at Simon’s Rock, and director of the Bard Center for Education and Democracy." [1]

Was "the Charles Warren Professor of the History of American Education and former dean. She is a leading historian of education and a nationally known expert on education research. Formerly president of the Chicago-based Spencer Foundation, Lagemann was also a professor at New York University, where she served as chair of the Department of the Humanities and the Social Sciences and director of the Center for the Study of American Culture and Education in the School of Education. Before joining the faculty at NYU, Lagemann taught for 16 years at Teachers College, Columbia University, and was also a member of the Department of History at Columbia. Lagemann is the author or editor of nine books as well as numerous articles, reviews, and book chapters. She is a member of the National Academy of Education, for which she served as president from 1998 to 2002. She has also served as president of the History of Education Society and on the editorial boards of many journals, including the History of Education Quarterly, and is a member of many other professional associations. Lagemann has served on several committees of the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences and currently sits on its Committee on Research in Education. She is also a member of the Teaching Commission, established by Lou Gerstner. She is a former trustee of the Russell Sage Foundation, Greenwall Foundation, and Markle Foundation and former vice chair of the board of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral and Social Sciences in Stanford, California. She now serves on the boards of Jobs for the Future and Concord Academy. Lagemann is a former high-school social studies teacher." [2]


  • Ellen Condliffe Lagemann, Private Power for the Public Good: A History of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching (1983) new edition has a foreword by Lee S. Shulman.
  • Ellen Condliffe Lagemann, Philanthropic Foundations: New Scholarship, New Possibilities (Indiana University Press, 1999).
  • A Generation of Women: Education in the Lives of Progressive Reformers
  • The Politics of Knowledge: The Carnegie Corporation, Philanthropy, and Public Policy
  • Jane Addams on Education

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  1. Ellen Condliffe Lagemann, Levy Institute, accessed October 11, 2009.
  2. Ellen Condliffe Lagemann, Harvard University, accessed March 31, 2008.
  3. Advisory Board, Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands, accessed March 19, 2008.
  4. Advisory Board, George H. Heyman, Jr. Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising, accessed December 20, 2008.