Tom Luschei is an associate professor in CGU’s School of Educational Studies, where he teaches courses on education in developing countries, urban education in the United States, and teacher quality and teacher policy. He holds MA and PhD degrees from Stanford University and a Master’s of Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Austin. He came to CGU in 2010 from Florida State University, where he taught courses on comparative education policy, education and culture, education and economic development, immigrant education policy, and international development education. He also led international educational research and development efforts at FSU’s Learning Systems Institute, including a 5-year, $1.84 million project funded by the United States Agency for International Development to improve teaching and learning in Indonesia.
Luschei’s research interests include international and comparative education, the economics of education, teacher labor markets and teacher quality, teacher-related policies in Latin America and the United States, and the global applications of Colombia’s Escuela Nueva rural school improvement model. He has conducted research on educational issues in Brazil, Cambodia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Spain, Tanzania, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Uruguay. The primary focus of his research is the impact and availability of educational resources—particularly high-quality teachers—among economically disadvantaged children. Along with Dr. Amita Chudgar of Michigan State University, Luschei recently completed a UNICEF-supported study of teachers of marginalized children in 24 countries. In fall 2013, he served as a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the Centro de Investigación y Formación en Educación (CIFE) at the Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia. While in Colombia, he conducted research on the urban implementation of Escuela Nueva. Luschei’s research has appeared in numerous scholarly journals, including the American Educational Research Journal, the American Journal of Education, the Asia Pacific Journal of Education, the Comparative Education Review, the International Journal of Educational Development, Teachers College Record, and Prospects, UNESCO’s Quarterly Review of Comparative Education.
Prior to pursuing his PhD, Luschei worked as a bilingual elementary, high school, and adult education teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District, where he taught students ranging in age from six to eighty-four.
In addition to his research and teaching, Luschei has worked as an educational consultant for the World Bank, UNICEF, and the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development, and as an education policy advocate for CARE USA. In 2011, he was elected to serve a three-year term on the Board of Directors of the Comparative and International Education Society.