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Michael J. Kieffer


Michael J. Kieffer, Ed.D., is Associate Professor of Literacy Education at New York University. His research focuses on the language and literacy development of students from linguistically diverse backgrounds.


A former middle school teacher, he aims to conduct research to inform instruction and policy to improve the reading outcomes of students in urban schools, especially English learners and bilingual students.


He uses a variety of longitudinal, experimental, quasi-experimental, and correlational methods to shed light on the complexities of students’ reading and language learning. He collaborates widely with colleagues in developmental psychology, special education, and applied statistics.


He has authored 45 articles in journals across the fields of education, reading research, applied linguistics, and educational psychology. His research has received funding and awards from the Institute of Education Sciences, Spencer Foundation, American Educational Research Association, and the International Reading Association.

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