Michele Moses is Professor of Educational Foundations, Policy and Practice and affiliate faculty of Ethnic Studies. She has served as Associate Dean for Graduate Studies of the School of Education since 2010.

Professor Moses is a philosopher of education who is centrally concerned with education policy studies, especially as related to race, ethnicity, and equality of educational opportunity. Her current research is aimed at gaining a deeper understanding of the roots of the political debates over race-conscious policies that profoundly affect meaningful opportunities for higher education. She is examining the nature of persistent moral disagreement over affirmative action as well as how college access and outreach programs affect low income students’ social capital and social contexts of choice.

Although her work primarily has used philosophical inquiry, she has used both quantitative and qualitative methods when the research questions have warranted broader inquiry and analyses. For example, she has conducted research concerned with how voters understand race-conscious education policy, which used both survey research and qualitative interview and media content analyses. 

Professor Moses teaches courses such as Theoretical Issues in Education Policy, Philosophy of Education, and Gender Issues in Education.

Professor Moses is a fellow of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) (2015). She was awarded AERA’s Early Career Award (in 2009) as well as Fulbright Specialist and New Century Scholar awards, AERA Division J’s Outstanding Publication (best article in 2007), AERA Committee on Scholars of Color in Education’s Early Career Contribution Award, and a National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellowship. Her work has appeared in journals such as American Educational Research Journal,Educational ResearcherHarvard Educational Review, and Journal of Social Philosophy. She has presented her work in Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Switzerland, and the United States. In addition, Dr. Moses is the author of Embracing Race: Why We Need Race-Conscious Education Policy (Teachers College Press, 2002) and she has a new book forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press: Living with Moral Disagreement: The Enduring Controversy about Affirmative Action

Professor Moses’ editorial experience includes a term as Associate Editor for the Section on Social and Institutional Analysis of the American Educational Research Journal, Reviews Editor for the Journal of Philosophy of Education, and the Editorial Advisory Board Member of Education Policy Analysis Archives. She currently serves as a fellow of the National Education Policy Center.