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People: Research Faculty

Maris Vinovskis

Research Professor Emeritus


Research Professor Emeritus, Center for Political Studies
Professor, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
Bentley Professor of History


Ph.D. 1975 Harvard University (American History)


Maris Vinovskis’s Curriculum Vitae (CV)



Professor Vinovskis’ current research interests include historical and policy studies of U.S. social, political, and education developments. Much of his policy analysis focuses on Head Start and K-12 education since the 1960s.


Institute for Social Research (ISR), University of Michigan
Room 4262, 426 Thompson Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104–2321, United States

Phone: 734–763–3407
Fax: 734–764–3341
Email: [email protected]

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Selected Publications

Please also see Maris Vinovskis’s Curriculum Vitae (CV).

Vinovskis, M.A., From a Nation at Risk to No Child Left Behind: National Education Goals and the Creation of Federal Education Policy New York: Teachers College Press, 2009.

Vinovskis, M.A., The Birth of Head Start: Preschool Education Policies in the Kennedy and Johnson Administrations Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005.

Vinovskis, M.A., Revitalizing Federal Education Research: Improving the Regional Educational Laboratories, the R&D Centers, and the “New” OERI Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 2001.

Vinovskis, M.A., Do Federal Compensatory Education Programs Really Work? A Brief Historical Analysis of Title I and Head Start. American Journal of Education, 1999. 107(3): p. 187-209.

Vinovskis, M.A., Have Social Historians Lost the Civil War? Some Preliminary Demographic Speculations. The Journal of American History, 1989. 76(1): p. 34-58.