Steve is a senior fellow at NORC and professor of sociology at the University of Chicago. He also chairs the University of Chicago’s Committee on Education. Steve is best known for his work developing hierarchical linear models, with broad applications in the design and analysis of longitudinal and multilevel research. He has been the past Scientific Director of the Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods and is currently studying the development of literacy and math skills in early childhood with implications for instruction; and methods for assessing school and classroom quality.
Steve has made major contributions to education research. In 2006 and 2008 he was the recipient of the American Educational Research Association award for distinguished contributions to educational research. In 2009, Steve was awarded a Doctor Honoris Causa, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (K.U. Leuven) by the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences in Leuven, Belgium. He has authored or co-authored several articles on experimental design in education, including an authoritative book on analytic methods for multilevel data, and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the National Academy of Education.
Appointments & Affiliations
Lewis-Sebring Distinguished Service Professor
University of Chicago
Chair, Committee on Education
University of Chicago
Honors & Awards
Outstanding Article Award | 2018
Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness
Doctor Honoris Causa | 2009
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Distinguished Contributions to Research in Education Award | 2006
American Educational Research Association
opens in new tab"Longitudinally Adaptive Assessment and Instruction Increase Numerical Skills of Preschool Children."
Journal Article | November 10, 2020
opens in new tab"Randomized Experiments in Education, with Implications for Multilevel Causal Inference."
Journal Article | May 14, 2020
Book | September 19, 2019
opens in new tab"On Randomized Experimentation in Education: A Commentary on Deaton and Cartwright in Honor of Fredrick Mosteller."
Journal Article | August 20, 2018
opens in new tab"The Ambitious Elementary School: Its Conception, Design, and Contribution to Educational Equality."
Book | April 1, 2017
opens in new tab"Using Multisite Experiments to Study Cross-Site Variation in Treatment Effects: A Hybrid Approach with Fixed Intercepts and a Random Treatment Coefficient."
Journal Article | March 13, 2017
Journal Article | February 1, 2017
opens in new tab"Making a Success of 'Algebra for All': The Impact of Extended Instructional Time and Classroom Peer Skill in Chicago."
Journal Article | March 11, 2016