Paul L. Morgan, PhD

Harry and Marion Eberly Fellow
Professor of Education and Demography
Department of Education Policy Studies
Director, Center for Educational Disparities Research
Penn State



My research investigates why some children are more likely to struggle while attending U.S. preschools and schools and how these children can be better helped. I have published over 60 studies in peer-reviewed journals.


These studies have appeared in Child Development, Developmental Psychology, Early Childhood Research Quarterly, Educational Researcher, Exceptional Children, Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, Journal of Learning Disabilities, Journal of School Psychology, and Pediatrics.

My research findings have been reported on in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, U.S. News and World Report, CBS News, NPR, NBC News, Reuters, Hechinger Report, Education Week, MarketWatch the Atlantic, the New Yorker, and other national media. The Brookings Institution has also reported on my research findings.

I received the Distinguished Early Career Research Award by the Council of Exceptional Children’s Division of Research, the Distinguished Researcher Award from the American Educational Research Association’s Special Education Research Group, and the Distinguished Research Award from the American Educational Research Association’s Division E. My research has been repeatedly among the "most read" studies of the American Educational Research Association.

I have briefed President Obama's Domestic Policy Council and Office of Management and Budget as well as provided invited expert testimony to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and the National Research Council. My research has been cited by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Education, and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

My research activities have been supported by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the National Science Foundation, and the Spencer Foundation.

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