Marvin Lazerson is professor of higher education policy in the Department of Public Policy, Central European University and professor emeritus, University of Pennsylvania. He holds A.B. and M.A. degrees from Columbia University in New York City and a PhD in history from Harvard University. He is a widely published scholar in the ares of educational history, higher education, and social policy. A member of the National Academy of Education (U.S.), he is past president of the History of Education Society. He has taught at Harvard University, Stanford University, and the University of British Columbia, as well as the Penn, where he also served as dean of the Graduate School of Education and the university's interim provost. In addition to teaching at CEU, he coordinates the higher education policy stream in the Department of Public Policy. He is past recipient of the Spencer Foundation's award for outstanding mentoring. His recent books include: The Education Gospel: the Economic Power of Schooling (Harvard University Press, 2004); Institutions of American Democracy: the Public Schools (Oxford University Press, 2005); and Higher Education and the American Dream: Success and its Discontents (Central European University Press, 2010).