Dr. David A. Gamson

Dr. David A. Gamson
Phone: 8148652583
Office Address:
310D Rackley Building
University Park, PA 16802
Campus: University Park


Associate Professor of Education (Education Theory & Policy)


Education Policy Studies


Educational Theory and Policy


David Gamson is an associate professor of education in the Department of Education Policy Studies and the Educational Theory and Policy program. His research and teaching interests focus on school reform in the United States, both past and present. His current research focuses on the evolving roles and responsibilities of the school district since World War II, the changes to policies designed to provide equal educational opportunity, and the uses of academic standards throughout the past century. Gamson has been a fellow in the Advanced Studies Fellowship Program at Brown University and a National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow. His publications have appeared in Educational Researcher; Paedagogica Historica; the Journal of Educational Administration; Mind, Brain, and EducationIntelligence, and the 2007 Yearbook of the National Society for the Study of Education. During the 2015-2016 academic year, he was a visiting scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation. This book, The Importance of Being Urban, comes out in 2019.