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Professor of Education and Demography, Penn State

Paul L. Morgan, Ph.D., is the Henry and Marion Eberly Fellow, Professor of Education and Demography in the Department of Education Policy Studies at Penn State. His work investigates why some children are more likely to struggle academically or behaviorally while attending U.S. preschools and schools, and how these children can be better helped. Dr. Morgan has published over 65 empirical studies in peer-reviewed journals. This work has appeared in Pediatrics, Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, Child Development, Educational Researcher, Exceptional Children, Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, and Journal of Learning Disabilities. Dr. Morgan’s findings have been reported on in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, U.S. News and World Report, Politico, CBS News, Fox News, USA Today, Forbes, Bloomberg, the Atlantic, and other national media. Dr. Morgan is an inaugural awardee of a Spencer Foundation's Midcareer Grant Fellowship. He received the Distinguished Early Career Research Award by the Council of Exceptional Children’s Division of Research, the Distinguished Researcher Award from the American Educational Research Association’s Special Education Research Group, and the Distinguished Research Award from the American Educational Research Association’s Division E. His research has been supported by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the National Science Foundation, and the Spencer Foundation.


  • –present
    Eberly Fellow, Professor Education and Demography, and Director of the Center for Educational Disparities Research, Pennsylvania State University


  • 2004 
    Vanderbilt University, Human Development (Special Education emphasis)