Peter W. Cookson, Jr. is a principal researcher in the Education Program at the American Institutes of Research (AIR), with three decades of research experience. His areas of expertise include school reform, school choice, charter schools, private schools, and the integration of technology into classroom learning. He is recognized as an authority on the effects of social class on educational attainment. He has conducted numerous studies on school choice, the consequences of educational stratification, and new models of learning. He teaches in the Department of Sociology at Georgetown University. His forthcoming and most recent publications include: Blended Learning: Creating the Classrooms of the Future Today (ASCD, Fall 2014), Sacred Trust: A Children’s Education Bill of Rights (Corwin Press, Spring 2011), Hearts on Fire: Stories of Today’s Visionaries Igniting Idealism Into Action co-authored with Jill W. Iscol (Random House, Winter 2013), Class Rules: Exposing Inequality In American High Schools (Teachers College Press, Fall 2013), Exploring Education (fourth edition), co-authored with Alan R. Sadovnik and Susan Semel (Routledge, Winter 2013).
Prior to joining AIR, Dr. Cookson was President of the Doris Dillon Center and TC Innovations at Teachers College Columbia University and an independent consultant. He has held several leadership positions in higher education including Dean of the School of Education at Lewis and Clark College and Associate Provost of Adelphi University. Ph.D. Sociology of Education, New York University, M.A.R., Yale Divinity School, M.A. American History, New York University.