2004
Alumni (National Fellow)

Tracy Steffes

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

Bio:

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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