Dr. Maithreyi Gopalan

Dr. Maithreyi Gopalan
Phone: 814-865-2584
Office Address:
302B Rackley Building
University Park, PA 16802
Campus: University Park


Assistant Professor of Education


Education Policy Studies


Education and Public Policy
Educational Theory and Policy

Other Penn State Affiliations

Social Science Research Institute


Maithreyi Gopalan is Assistant Professor of Education at the Penn State College of Education. She earned a doctorate from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs from Indiana University, Bloomington. Her research examines the causes and consequences of racial and socioeconomic disparities in student outcomes using interdisciplinary perspectives. Specifically, she is interested in bringing psychological insights to bear on applied social and educational policy issues. 

Areas of Expertise

Educational Studies


Higher Education

Higher Education

Individual Difference



Equity and Diversity

Methodological Research

Policy Analysis
Quantitative Research

Social Issues

Civil Rights and Education
Education Policy
Race and Ethnicity

Courses Taught

Economics of Education

Representative Publications

Gopalan, M., & Nelson, A. A. (2019). Understanding the Racial Discipline Gap in SchoolsAERA Openhttps://doi.org/10.1177/2332858419844613

Gopalan, M. & Pirog, M. (2017). Applying Behavioral Insights in Policy Analysis: Recent Trends in the United StatesPolicy Studies Journal, 45: S82–S114.


National Study of Learning Mindsets Early Career Fellow (2018-2019)

National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellow (2017-2018)