Dominic J. Brewer NYU, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education & Human Development
Dominic J. Brewer is Gale and Ira Drukier Dean of New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. A labor economist specializing in the economics of education and education policy, Brewer has overseen major projects focusing on educational productivity and teacher issues in both K-12 and higher education. Before joining NYU in 2014, Brewer was a professor in the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California for nine years and was named Clifford H. and Betty C. Allen professor in 2007. Prior to coming to USC, he was the vice president at the RAND Corporation where he directed RAND’s education policy research program for more than 5 years. He spearheaded RAND’s effort to assist in major K-12 reform in Qatar, the centerpiece of which is a system of charter-like government-funded schools. He is coauthor of a book detailing this effort, Education for a New Era: Design and Implementation of K-12 Education Reform in Qatar (2007). Brewer also co-led a state-sponsored evaluation of California’s charter schools and is one of the authors of Rhetoric Versus Reality: What We Know and What We Need to Know About Vouchers and Charter Schools (2001). His most recent publications include a coedited book, Economics of Education (2010), and one on urban education, Urban Education: A Model for Leadership and Policy (2011). His earlier work includes empirical analyses of the effects of teachers on student achievement, class size (including a review of the research literature published in Scientific American), and a book on competition in higher education, In Pursuit of Prestige: Strategy and Competition in U.S. Higher Education (2001). Brewer served as codirector of Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE), a policy research collaboration of USC, University of California, Berkeley, and Stanford University. He is president of the Association for Education Finance and Policy for 2014–2015; past coeditor of Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis (EEPA), 2010-2012; and a fellow of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), elected in 2011. Brewer holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, politics, and economics from the University of Oxford, a master’s degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, and a PhD in labor economics from Cornell University.