- Jal Mehta
JAL MEHTA is an assistant professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. His research focuses on the intersection of social policy, the professions, and politics, with a particular interest in how knowledge and expertise can be mobilized for widespread social improvement. His forthcoming book, The Allure of Order: The Troubled Quest to Rationalize a Century of American Schooling (Oxford University Press), investigates the causes and consequences of educational rationalization for academic values, for the teaching profession, and for social justice. He is also working on a project, The Chastened Dream, about the limits and possibilities of marrying social science to social policy to achieve social progress across the 20th century, as well as a contemporary study, In Search of Deeper Learning, on varied approaches taken by United States high schools that are aiming for the top of the traditional learning taxonomies. He is also the co-editor of The Futures of School Reform (forthcoming, Harvard Education Press).