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Batten School professors engage in cross-disciplinary research to address some of the greatest public policy challenges in education.

Batten School professors Daphna Bassok, Ben Castleman, Sarah Turner and Jim Wyckoff were among 200 scholars nationwide to rank as highly influential in education policy, according to Education Week.

Brooklyn Public Library

What keeps someone from activating their library card or returning a book? Brooklyn Public Library worked with behavioral science experts including Batten professor Benjamin Castleman and alum Katharine Meyer (MPP '16) to find out.

Congress is considering universal pre-K and subsidies for child care. Research shows how these policies can benefit children, and when they can backfire.

Congress is considering universal pre-K and subsidies for child care. Batten's Daphna Bassok and other researchers spoke to The New York Times about how these policies can benefit children, and when they can backfire.

Student studying

According to new research from Batten's Benjamin Castleman and Texas A&M University's Andrew Barr, intensive college advising leads to large increases in the share of low-income high school seniors that earn their bachelor's degree.

Student in classroom

As some states ban K-12 mask mandates, Batten Professor of Law, Education and Public Policy Kimberly Jenkins Robinson says that the federal government is responsible for protecting our most vulnerable schoolchildren.

Dana Laurens

Dana Laurens (MPP ’10) knows firsthand how much good schools matter. When she was a child, she and her parents immigrated from Trinidad so she could get a better education, and she became the first in her family to go to college. This year, she was named to Washingtonian magazine’s Most Influential People list.

Matt Gillam

Matt Gillam (BA ’21), a proud Long Islander, knew he wanted to be a Batten student from the moment he learned about the School. After graduating this month, he'll bring the leadership skills he gained during his time at Batten, along with his passion for service, to the classroom with Teach for America.

class of 2020 ceremonies

On Sunday, May 16, more than 2,800 of the graduates who gathered around screens last year massed behind the Rotunda, in person and in full color. A year in the making, Sunday’s ceremonies were full of touching moments, joyful reunions and some fun surprises, including a poem from Batten grad Hannah Semmes (BA '20).

Syaru Shirley Lin and Harry Harding

In the latest edition of Batten Expert Chats, Syaru Shirley Lin, Compton Visiting Professor at the Miller Center, and Harry Harding, founding dean of the Batten School and professor of public policy, discussed why Taiwan finds it difficult to send scholars abroad, welcome foreign students and faculty, and promote the use of English.

Rachel Walet

From UVA history to education in prisons, Batten student Rachel Walet (MPP ‘21) is unafraid to tackle tough issues.