Tracy Steffes is Assistant Professor of Education and History. Her primary research and teaching interests are twentieth century U.S. history, the history of American education, and political and policy history. Her first book, School, Society, and State: A New Education to Govern Modern America, 1890-1940 examined school reform as a national project of social policy and state-building. Her new project explores the state role in structuring educational opportunities in post-WWII metropolitan Chicago.

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Tracy Steffes received her BA in history and political science from Western Michigan University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in history from the University of Chicago. Her first book, School, Society, and State: A New Education to Govern Modern America, 1890-1940, was published by University of Chicago Press in 2012 and supported by fellowships from the Miller Center for Public Affairs, Social Science Research Council Program on Philanthropy and the Non-Profit Sector, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Spencer Foundation/National Academy of Education. She is currently working on two new projects: a book project on city and suburban schools in post-WWII Chicago and a collaboration with a philosopher on the history and philosophy of educational assessment.

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