Maggie Hannan

Before coming to Pitt to study education policy, Maggie spent much of her time reading old books and teaching college composition courses. Eventually, she realized that she wanted to understand what her students were learning before they reached college, and why schools work the way they work, so she left the humanities for education. Soon after arriving at Pitt, she joined Jennifer Russell on a developmental evaluation of a new teacher support network run by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. As adjunct staff at the RAND Corporation, she also recently worked on an evaluation of a summer learning program for low-income students. She has taught Social Foundations of Education courses for both undergraduates and MAT students in addition to dissertation seminars and intensive writing workshops. Maggie’s research interests include organizational change, improvement science, social networks, educational rhetoric, and urban education.