Michelle's Biography

Assistant Professor (Research)

Address:520 Galvez Mall, CERAS Building, Room 520; Stanford, CA 94305

Michelle Reininger is an Assistant Professor (Research) and the co-director of the IES-funded Stanford Interdisciplinary Doctoral Training Program in Quantitative Education Policy Analysis. After nearly a decade, Reininger recently stepped down as the Executive Director of the Stanford Center for Education Policy Analysis (CEPA) allowing her to return to research and teaching. Her research has focused largely on the dynamics of teacher labor markets including preparation, recruitment, and retention. She is currently involved in multiple studies of the preparation and early career paths of teachers in the Chicago Public School system. Her work has been funded by the American Education Research Association, the Joyce Foundation, the Smith Richardson Foundation, and the Spencer Foundation. A former chemistry teacher, Reininger received her PhD in the economics of education and an MA in economics from Stanford University and an MA in education policy from the University of Virginia. She is also the Resident Fellow in the Sally Ride house, an all frosh residence at Stanford.


Ph.D. - Social Sciences, Policy and Educational Practice, Stanford University - School of Education, 09 2006 M.A. - Economics, Stanford University - School of Humanities and Sciences, September 2004 M.A. - Leadership, Foundations and Policy, University of Virginia - Curry School of Education, 2005 B.A. - Biochemistry, University of Colorado - College of Arts and Sciences, 1996

  • Outstanding Professor Award. School of Education and Social Policy, Northwestern University. 2009
  • Outstanding Reviewer. Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis Journal, American Education Research Association. 2007
  • Faculty Honor Roll. Associated Student Government, Northwestern University. 2007 - 2008