Expertise: Educational policy, U.S. political institutions, organization theory
Awards and Honors
American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Thomas B. Fordham Prize for Excellence in Education (2005)
Terry M. Moe is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, a member of the Institution's Koret Task Force on K–12 education, and the William Bennett Munro Professor of political science at Stanford University.
Moe has written extensively on the politics and reform of American education. In his new book, Special Interest: Teachers Unions and America’s Public Schools (2011), he provides the first comprehensive study of America’s teachers unions: exploring their historical rise to power, the organizational foundations of that power, the ways it is exercised in collective bargaining and politics, and its consequences for the nation’s public schools.
His seminal book with John E. Chubb, Politics, Markets, and America's Schools, is among the most influential and controversial works on education to be published during the last two decades—showing how politics shapes and undermines the public schools and arguing the value of school choice. In Liberating Learning: Technology, Politics, and the Future of America (2009), Moe and John E. Chubb map out a dynamic vision of the nation's educational future, showing how the ideas and innovations of information technology will ultimately transform the public schools to the benefit of the nation and its children. For more information, visit the Liberating Learning website.
Moe is also the author of Schools, Vouchers, and the American Public (2001), the first detailed analysis of public opinion on the voucher issue. In addition, he is editor of A Primer on America's Schools (Hoover Institution Press, 2001) and the author of many published articles.
In 2005, Moe received the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation Prize for Excellence in Education.
As a political scientist, Moe’s research interests extend well beyond public education. He has written extensively on public bureaucracy and the presidency, and the theory of political institutions more generally. His most prominent articles include "The New Economics of Organization," "The Politicized Presidency," "The Politics of Bureaucratic Structure," "Political Institutions: The Neglected Side of the Story," "Presidents, Institutions, and Theory," “The Presidential Power of Unilateral Action” (with William Howell), and “Power and Political Institutions.”
In addition to his positions at Stanford and Hoover, Moe has served as a senior fellow at the Brookings Institute in Washington, DC.