Lecturer Jal Mehta recently received the 2006-2007 Outstanding Dissertation in Politics
of Education at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) annual meeting in New York.
"I am honored to receive this award from AERA. I have learned a great deal from the members of the AERA section responsible for the award, and so I am especially pleased to have my work recognized by them," Mehta said.
The AERA awards are one of the most prominent ways education researchers are recognized and honored for their outstanding scholarship and service.
Mehta's dissertation explores American educational policy between 1980 and 2001, including major changes to policy over the past generation. In particular, Mehta examines the "political impetus" of the standards movement and what America has gained and lost with standards-based reform, and also opens a policy debate regarding the efficacy of No Child Left Behind.
Mehta completed his Ph.D. in Sociology and Social Policy at Harvard University in 2006. As a postdoctoral fellow at HGSE, he has been working with Professor Richard Elmore and teaching courses on schooling in society.