Portrait of Thomas Luschei
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  • Degrees
    PhD, International Comparative Education, Stanford University
    MA, Economics, Stanford University
  • Research Interests
    International and comparative education; Economics of education; Teacher quality and teacher policy; Education policy across the Americas; Bilingual education policy and practice

Tom Luschei is a professor of education at Claremont Graduate University, where he teaches and advises MA and PhD students. His teaching and research interests include international and comparative education, the economics of education, teacher quality and teacher policy, education policy across the Americas, and bilingual education policy and practice. The primary focus of his research is the impact and availability of educational resources—particularly high-quality teachers—among marginalized children and youth. He has conducted related research in Africa, Asia, and North, Central, and South America, and he has been invited to present his research in Argentina, Colombia, India, Indonesia, Mexico, and South Korea. In 2013, he was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia. In 2016, he served as a Fulbright Specialist at the Universidad de San Andrés, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Luschei is the author (with Amita Chudgar) of Teacher distribution in developing countries: Teachers of marginalized students in India, Mexico, and Tanzania (2017, Palgrave Macmillan). His research has appeared in numerous scholarly journals, including the American Educational Research Journal, American Journal of Education, Comparative Education Review, Education Policy Analysis Archives, Educational Researcher, International Journal of Educational Development, International Review of Education, Phi Delta Kappan, Teachers College Record, and Prospects: UNESCO’s Comparative Journal of Curriculum, Learning and Assessment. He is an associate editor of the International Journal of Educational Development and he serves on the editorial boards of Educational Researcher, Evaluation and Program Planning, Interaction Design and Architecture, Forum for International Research in Education, Journal of Teacher Education, Panorama, and Prospects. Prior to pursuing graduate studies, he worked as a bilingual elementary, high school, and adult education teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District, where he taught students ranging in age from six to 84.

Luschei, T. F., & Jeong, D. W. (In press). Is teacher sorting a global phenomenon? Cross-national evidence on the nature and correlates of teacher quality opportunity gaps. Educational Researcher.

Jeong, D. W., & Luschei, T. F. (In press). Teacher sorting within and across schools and nations: A comparative study of South Korea and the United States. Teachers College Record, 121(8).

Jeong, D. W., & Luschei, T. F. (2018). Are teachers losing control of the classroom? Global changes in school governance and teacher responsibilities, 2000-2015. International Journal of Educational Development, 62, 289-301.

Luschei, T. F., & Chudgar, A. (2016). Teacher Distribution in Developing Countries: Teachers of Marginalized Students in India, Mexico, and Tanzania. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Luschei, T. F., & Fagioli, L. P. (2016). A vanishing rural school advantage? Changing urban/rural student achievement differences in Latin America and the Caribbean. Comparative Education Review, 60(4), 703–745.

Chudgar, A., & Luschei, T. F. (2016). Understanding teacher distribution cross-nationally: Recent empirical evidence. Teachers College Record.

Chudgar, A., & Luschei, T. F. (2016). The untapped promise of secondary data sets in international and comparative education policy research. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 24, 113.

Capstone for Doctoral Research
Education Across the Americas
Proseminar for Doctoral Study
Teacher Quality & Teacher Labor Markets
Teaching & Learning in Developing Countries
Urban Education: Context, Policy & Practice for School Leaders