2018 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence: Top Tens



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On Wednesday we unveiled the 2018 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings. Of course, years ago, readers also made clear that they were curious to see how scholars fared when it came to particular fields or disciplines. After all, education research includes a lot of disparate fields, and how scholars rank overall may sometimes be less interesting than where they rank within their field. Thus, today, we’ll report on the top ten finishers for five disciplinary categories, as well as the top ten junior faculty. (For a detailed discussion of how the scoring was done, see Tuesday’s post.)

Now, at times, there’s a touch of ambiguity in determining each scholar’s discipline. For the most part, my uber-RAs Amy Cummings, Grant Addison, and Sofia Gallo worked off of CVs, relying primarily on a scholar’s earned degree. In the handful of cases where degrees were sufficiently ambiguous, I made a judgment call based upon scholarly appointments and such. Still, if you think I’ve made the wrong call on someone’s discipline, just let me know and we’ll do our best to make appropriate adjustments next year.

Curriculum, Instruction, and Administration

Name Affiliation Google Scholar Book Points Highest Amazon Ranking Syllabus Points Newspaper Mentions Education Press Mentions Web Mentions Congressional Record Mentions Klout Points Total Score Twitter Handle
1 Linda Darling-Hammond Stanford 50.0 20.0 13.8 5.8 4.5 30.0 25.0 0.0 5.9 155.0 LDH_ed
2 Gloria Ladson-Billings U. Wisconsin 50.0 18.5 16.5 10.0 4.5 26.0 10.0 0.0 5.0 140.5 gjladson
3 Larry Cuban Stanford 50.0 20.0 10.6 10.0 3.0 21.0 16.6 0.0 4.2 135.4 CubanLarry
4 Jo Boaler Stanford 43.0 14.0 19.7 3.6 2.0 6.0 25.0 0.0 6.3 119.6 joboaler
5 Andy Hargreaves Boston College 50.0 16.5 15.1 3.8 0.0 4.0 13.0 0.0 6.4 108.8 HargreavesBC
6 Richard Elmore Harvard 50.0 17.0 16.0 6.0 1.0 6.0 9.3 0.0 2.4 107.7 RichardElmore3
7 Yong Zhao U. Kansas 48.0 16.5 13.7 2.4 1.5 11.0 8.1 0.0 5.8 107.0 YongZhaoEd
8 Daniel Koretz Harvard 38.0 7.5 16.0 0.8 2.0 13.0 22.9 0.0 4.2 104.4 DanKoretz
9 Nel Noddings Stanford 50.0 20.0 7.9 10.0 1.5 0.0 11.6 0.0 0.0 101.0 N/A
10 Tony Wagner Harvard 19.0 14.5 18.7 1.2 0.5 5.0 25.0 0.0 5.9 89.8 DrTonyWagner

 

Economics

Name Affiliation Google Scholar Book Points Highest Amazon Ranking Syllabus Points Newspaper Mentions Education Press Mentions Web Mentions Congressional Record Mentions Klout Points Total Score Twitter Handle
1 Raj Chetty Stanford 42.0 0.5 0.0 0.8 27.0 12.0 25.0 5.0 0.0 112.3 N/A
2 Eric Hanushek Stanford 50.0 13.5 0.0 8.0 10.5 8.0 16.1 0.0 4.1 110.2 EricHanushek
3 Martin Carnoy Stanford 50.0 20.0 7.3 9.4 3.5 0.0 11.9 0.0 0.0 102.1 N/A
4 Richard J. Murnane Harvard 50.0 6.5 12.5 1.6 5.0 2.0 11.8 0.0 0.0 89.4 N/A
5 Thomas Kane Harvard 50.0 2.5 0.0 2.2 3.5 4.0 24.6 0.0 0.0 86.8 N/A
6 Susanna Loeb Stanford 50.0 2.5 0.0 1.6 3.5 13.0 11.1 0.0 3.2 84.9 SusannaLoeb
7 Helen (Sunny) F. Ladd Duke 50.0 11.0 0.0 10.0 6.0 2.0 4.8 0.0 0.0 83.8 sunnyladd
8 Caroline M. Hoxby Stanford 50.0 2.0 0.0 5.8 3.5 9.0 12.5 0.0 0.0 82.8 N/A
9 Henry M. Levin Columbia (TC) 50.0 20.0 0.0 2.8 0.0 2.0 4.7 0.0 0.0 79.5 hmordecai
10 David Figlio Northwestern 47.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 5.0 10.0 14.8 0.0 0.0 77.8 N/A

 

Government and Policy

Name Affiliation Google Scholar Book Points Highest Amazon Ranking Syllabus Points Newspaper Mentions Education Press Mentions Web Mentions Congressional Record Mentions Klout Points Total Score Twitter Handle
1 Paul E. Peterson Harvard 50.0 20.0 0.0 10.0 5.0 6.0 24.1 0.0 4.1 119.2 Paul_E_Peterson
2 Michael Kirst Stanford 46.0 13.0 0.0 2.6 4.5 20.0 9.2 0.0 4.4 99.7 Michael_Kirst
3 Gary Orfield UCLA 50.0 20.0 0.0 2.2 6.5 5.0 9.2 0.0 4.1 97.0 orfieldtweet
4 William G. Tierney USC 50.0 20.0 11.9 1.4 1.5 3.0 3.3 0.0 4.1 95.2 TierneyBill
5 Terry M. Moe Stanford 50.0 13.0 0.0 10.0 2.0 0.0 5.5 0.0 0.0 80.5 N/A
6 Jeannie Oakes UCLA 50.0 9.0 0.0 10.0 1.0 2.0 3.1 0.0 3.7 78.8 oakes_jeannie
7 Martin (Marty) West Harvard 30.0 2.0 0.0 0.0 12.0 8.0 19.8 0.0 5.2 77.0 ProfMartyWest
8 Robert Kelchen Seton Hall 10.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 19.0 27.0 13.3 0.0 6.5 75.8 rkelchen
9 Jay P. Greene U. Arkansas 42.0 4.0 0.0 0.4 2.0 14.0 5.6 0.0 5.0 73.0 jaypgreene
10 Patrick J. Wolf U. Arkansas 30.0 1.0 0.0 0.8 12.5 14.0 9.4 0.0 5.0 72.7 P_Diddy_Wolf

 

Psychology

Name Affiliation Google Scholar Book Points Highest Amazon Ranking Syllabus Points Newspaper Mentions Education Press Mentions Web Mentions Congressional Record Mentions Klout Points Total Score Twitter Handle
1 Howard Gardner Harvard 50.0 20.0 14.8 10.0 11.0 16.0 25.0 0.0 5.9 152.7 DrHowardGardner
2 Angela Duckworth U. Penn 47.0 2.0 20.0 0.8 10.5 30.0 25.0 0.0 6.5 141.8 angeladuckw
3 Carol Ann Tomlinson U. Virginia 50.0 20.0 18.1 10.0 0.5 12.0 4.3 0.0 4.5 119.4 cat3y
4 David C. Berliner Arizona State 50.0 11.5 14.8 1.2 2.5 4.0 11.1 0.0 4.1 99.2 DavidCBerliner
5 Claude Steele Stanford 50.0 5.0 19.1 1.8 7.0 5.0 7.5 0.0 0.0 95.4 cmasonsteele
6 Gene V. Glass CU Boulder 50.0 14.5 14.7 7.8 0.0 2.0 1.4 0.0 4.4 94.8 GeneVGlass
7 Daniel T. Willingham U. Virginia 30.0 10.5 18.3 0.8 2.5 19.0 7.3 0.0 6.3 94.7 DTWillingham
8 Catherine Snow Harvard 50.0 20.0 0.0 1.2 0.0 0.0 12.8 0.0 0.0 84.0 N/A
9 Robert C. Pianta U. Virginia 50.0 9.5 0.0 0.4 4.0 4.0 7.0 0.0 0.0 74.9 bobpianta
10 Jeanne Brooks-Gunn Columbia (TC) 50.0 6.0 0.0 6.0 2.0 0.0 7.7 0.0 0.0 71.7 N/A

 

Sociology

Name Affiliation Google Scholar Book Points Highest Amazon Ranking Syllabus Points Newspaper Mentions Education Press Mentions Web Mentions Congressional Record Mentions Klout Points Total Score Twitter Handle
1 Sara Goldrick-Rab Temple 24.0 3.0 14.9 0.2 30.0 30.0 21.9 0.0 6.4 130.4 saragoldrickrab
2 Pedro Noguera UCLA 38.0 9.5 15.3 2.2 9.5 14.0 23.6 0.0 6.2 118.3 PedroANoguera
3 Robert E. Slavin Johns Hopkins 50.0 20.0 13.5 10.0 3.0 4.0 8.8 0.0 4.7 114.0 RobertSlavin
4 Shaun R. Harper USC 45.0 7.5 8.2 0.2 6.5 14.0 6.6 0.0 6.0 94.0 DrShaunHarper
5 Sean F. Reardon Stanford 43.0 0.0 0.0 0.6 10.5 6.0 25.0 0.0 4.6 89.7 seanfreardon
6 Barbara Schneider Michigan State 44.0 8.5 8.5 1.2 0.0 2.0 25.0 0.0 0.0 89.2 N/A
7 Bruce Fuller UC Berkeley 50.0 14.5 0.0 0.6 7.0 10.0 5.9 0.0 0.0 88.0 N/A
8 Marcelo Suárez-Orozco UCLA 41.0 13.0 3.9 10.0 0.0 2.0 5.5 0.0 3.6 79.0 uclagseis_dean
9 Marc Lamont Hill Temple 12.0 9.0 17.3 0.2 4.0 0.0 25.0 0.0 8.1 75.6 marclamonthill
10 Mike Rose UCLA 35.0 13.0 12.4 5.0 0.0 5.0 1.9 0.0 0.0 72.3 N/A

 

Junior Faculty

(This year, there were only nine junior faculty among the 200 edu-scholars. This is no great surprise, as the rankings are designed to recognize substantive influence, giving more established scholars a leg up. Anyway, that explains why there are nine scholars in this list, and not ten.)

Name Affiliation Google Scholar Book Points Highest Amazon Ranking Syllabus Points Newspaper Mentions Education Press Mentions Web Mentions Congressional Record Mentions Klout Points Total Score Twitter Handle
1 Martin (Marty) West Harvard 30.0 2.0 0.0 0.0 12.0 8.0 19.8 0.0 5.2 77.0 ProfMartyWest
2 Robert Kelchen Seton Hall 10.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 19.0 27.0 13.3 0.0 6.5 75.8 rkelchen
3 Tressie McMillan Cottom VCU 4.0 3.0 15.0 0.0 9.5 27.0 10.7 0.0 0.0 69.2 N/A
4 Matthew A. Kraft Brown 17.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 4.0 16.0 5.2 0.0 4.9 47.1 MatthewAKraft
5 Jal Mehta Harvard 17.0 5.0 6.6 0.4 1.5 2.0 9.5 0.0 4.5 46.5 jal_mehta
6 Joshua S. Goodman Harvard 14.0 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.5 1.0 20.8 0.0 5.0 41.5 JoshuaSGoodman
7 Benjamin L. Castleman U. Virginia 13.0 3.5 0.0 0.0 1.5 6.0 2.9 0.0 5.3 32.2 BenCastleman
8 John P. Papay Brown 18.0 0.5 0.0 0.0 0.5 2.0 1.1 0.0 0.0 22.1 N/A
9 Sarah R. Cohodes Columbia (TC) 9.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.5 0.0 1.8 0.0 3.8 15.1 SarahCohodes

 

The tables pretty much speak for themselves. The charts are mostly dominated by familiar names. The top finisher in Curriculum, Instruction, and Administration was Linda Darling-Hammond; in Government and Policy, Paul E. Peterson; in Psychology, Howard Gardner; and, in Sociology, Sara Goldrick-Rab. The year’s big surprise (if you can call it that, when the scholar in question owns a John Bates Clark medal) was Edu-Scholar newcomer Raj Chetty taking the top spot in Economics.

Beyond the disciplinary breakdowns, I want to give a special nod to junior faculty who earned spots on the list. Given that the rankings, by design, favor scholars who’ve assembled bodies of work and had sustained impact, the junior faculty who score well deserve particular notice. Harvard’s Marty West topped the junior faculty chart this year. Rounding out the top five were Seton Hall’s Robert Kelchen, VCU’s Tressie McMillan Cottom, Brown’s Matthew Kraft, and Harvard’s Jal Mehta.

Well, that wraps up the 2018 Edu-Scholar Rankings. Be sure to check out Ed Week‘s special commentary section on the rankings, either online or in the upcoming print issue. We’ll do this all again next year; same time, same place. Now, back to our regularly scheduled programming.

— Frederick Hess

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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