Alumni (National Fellow)

Tracy Steffes

National Fellow
B.A. Western Michigan University (1998)
M.A. University of Chicago (1999)
Ph.D. University of Chicago (2004)
Professional Sector:
Dream Mentor:
Jon Zimmerman
University of Pennsylvania
Fields of Interest:
American Political Development
Legal History
Urban History


Tracy Steffes is an associate professor of education and history at Brown University and chair of the Department of Education. Her primary research and teaching interests are twentieth-century United States history, the history of American education, and political and policy history. She is currently working on a book project, “Shifting Fortunes: City Schools and Suburban Schools in Metropolitan Chicago, 1945-2000,” which examines the relationship of educational inequality and metropolitan development. Her first book, “School, Society, and State: A New Education to Govern Modern America, 1890-1940,” was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2012.

Thesis Description:

A New Education for a Modern Age: National Reform, State-building, and the Transformation of American Schooling, 1890-1933

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