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