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Sanford Scholars Ranked Among Most Influential in Education

January 7, 2016


Charles ClotfelterThree Duke faculty members were ranked among the most influential scholars in the nation’s dialogue on education in a list released by Education Week on Jan. 6. Two Sanford School of Public Policy professors, Helen Ladd and Charles Clotfelter were in the top 100 on the list of 200.  Peter Arcidiacono, professor of economics, was also listed.                              

The 2016 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence rankings offer a view of the public influence of U.S. education scholars based on a combination of their academic work and contributions to the public discussion in 2015.

The list was created by Frederick M. Hess, a member of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) and blogger at the Education Week website, and a selection committee of 26 academics in the field.

Each scholar was scored in eight categories, including number of books published, Amazon ranking, mentions in the press, blogs and in the Congressional record, Twitter Klout score, and their Google Scholar score, which calculates citations of the scholar’s work.

Sunny Ladd“One small way to encourage academics to step into the fray and revisit academic norms is, I think, by doing more to recognize and value those scholars who engage in public discourse,” explains Hess. “As I see it, the extraordinary policy scholar excels in five areas: disciplinary scholarship, policy analysis and popular writing, convening and shepherding collaborations, providing incisive media commentary, and speaking in the public square.”

All three Duke faculty have been included in the list for the past four years, which began in 2010.