People

Ben Superfine

Educational Policy Studies Faculty Affiliate

Ben Superfine is an Assistant Professor in the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Superfine received his JD and PhD in Education Foundations and Policy from the University of Michigan. Before joining UIC, Superfine practiced law at Dow Lohnes PLLC.  Superfine's research interests have focused on the intersection of education law and policy, school finance reform law and policy, standards-based reform and accountability policies, and the role of science in the educational policy process. His research is interdisciplinary and addresses educational issues through the lenses of law, history, and social science.  Superfine's work has been published in various educational and legal journals, including the American Educational Research Journal, American Journal of Education, Cardozo Law Review, Educational Policy, and Teachers College Record.  Superfine's book, The Courts and Standards-based Reform, was published by Oxford University Press. 

Education

2005 - PhD, University of Michigan, Foundations and Policy
2003 - JD, University of Michigan

Research & Teaching Interests

Superfine is an Associate Professor in the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Superfine received his J.D. and Ph.D. in Education Foundations and Policy from the University of Michigan. Before joining UIC, Superfine practiced law at Dow Lohnes PLLC. Superfine's research interests focused on the intersection and history of education law and policy, school finance reform law and policy, standards-based reform and accountability policies, teacher evaluation policy, and the role of science in the educational policy process. His research is interdisciplinary and addresses educational issues through the lenses of law, history, and social science. Superfine's work has been published in various educational and legal journals, including the American Educational Research Journal, American Journal of Education, Cardozo Law Review, Educational Policy, and Teachers College Record. Superfine's first book, The Courts and Standards-based Reform, was published by Oxford University Press. His second book, Equality in Education Law and Policy: 1954-2010, was published by Cambridge University Press.

Superfine has taught various courses at UIC, including Educational Policy: Formation, Implementation, Outcomes; Standards-based Reform, Accountability, and Opportunities to Learn; Philosophical and Historical Foundations of Educational Policy, Current Issues in Educational Policy, and Philosophical Foundations of Educational Inquiry.

Superfine is also the founder and Director of the Research on Urban Education Policy Initiative (RUEPI).  RUEPI is a project at the UIC College of Education that is aimed at fostering more informed dialogue and decision-making about education policy in Chicago and other urban areas.  It produces peer-reviewed policy briefs and holds conferences on several major policy areas, including early childhood education, inclusion, STEM education, and teacher workforce policy.

Selected Publications

Superfine, B. M. (in press, 2013). Equality in education law and policy: 1954-2010. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

Superfine, B. M., Gottlieb, J. J. & Smylie, M. A. (2012). The expanding federal role in teacher workforce policy, Educational Policy, 20(1), 58-78.

Superfine, B. M. (2011). Stimulating school reform: The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the shifting federal role in education, Missouri Law Review, 76(1), 81-134

Superfine, B. M. (2010). Court driven reform and educational opportunity: Centralization, decentralization, and the shifting judicial role, Review of Educational Research.

Superfine, B. M. (2010). New directions in school funding and governance: Moving from politics to evidence, Kentucky Law Journal, 98(4), 653-701.

Superfine, B. M. (2009). Deciding who decides questions at the intersection of school finance reform litigation and standards-based accountability policies, Educational Policy. 23(3), 480-514.

Superfine, B. M. & Goddard, R. D. (2009). The expanding role of the courts in educational policy: The preschool remedy and an adequate education, Teachers College Record, 111(7), 1796-1833.

Superfine, B. M., Smylie, M. A., & Tozer, S., Mayrowetz, D. (2009). Promising strategies for improving K-12 education in Illinois: Improving the educator workforce, chapter for The Illinois Report 2009, Institute of Government and Public Affairs, University of Illinois.

Superfine, B. M. (2009). The evolving role of the courts in educational policy: The Tension between judicial, scientific, and democratic decision making in Kitzmiller v. Dover, American Educational Research Journal 46(4), 898-923.

Superfine, B. M. (2008). The courts and standards-based education reform. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Superfine, B. M. (2006). Using the courts to influence the implementation of No Child Left Behind, Cardozo Law Review, 28, 779-846.

Superfine, B. M. (2005). The politics of accountability: The rise and fall of Goals 2000, American Journal of Education, 112(1), 10-43.

Superfine, B. M. (2004). At the intersection of law and psychometrics: Explaining the validity clause of No Child Left Behind, Journal of Law and Education, 33, 475-513. 

Honors & Awards

2013 - Researcher of the Year Rising Star Award in Social Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago
2010 - Teaching Recognition Program Award for outstanding performance in teaching activities, University of Illinois at Chicagos Council for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
2009 - Steven S. Goldberg Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Education Law. Awarded by the Education Law Association for an outstanding work of scholarly excellence that impacts education law for Superfine, B. M. (2008) The courts and standards-based education reform. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
2008 - States' Involvement in Federal Education Policy Fellow

Professional Affiliations & Activities

Member, Editorial Board, Educational Policy Analysis Archives
New York State Bar Association
Graduate Student Editor, Educational Policy Analysis Archives
Associate Editor, Michigan Journal of Law Reform