Michelle's Biography

Executive Director, CEPA
Assistant Professor (Research)

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

Michelle Reininger (reininger@stanford.edu) is an Assistant Professor (Research) and the Executive Director of the Center for Education Policy Analysis. She returns to Stanford, where she received a PhD in the economics of education and an MA in economics, from her position as an Assistant Professor of Human Development and Social Policy and Learning Sciences at Northwestern University and a Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Policy Research. At Northwestern, Reininger studied the dynamics of teacher and principal labor markets including preparation, recruitment, and retention. She is currently involved in two longitudinal studies of the career paths of teachers and principals in the Chicago Public School System. Her work has been funded by the Spencer Foundation, the American Education Research Association, and the Joyce Foundation. A former chemistry teacher, Reininger has also received an MA in education policy from the University of Virginia.


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