Maris A. Vinovskis

Maris A. Vinovskis
University of Michigan Bentley Professor of History, Institute for Social Science Research Professor, and Professor at the Gerald R. Ford of Public Policy.

Bio and Research Interest

Vinovskis was born in Riga, Latvia and is a naturalized citizen of the United States.  He was Deputy Staff Director to the U.S. House Select Committee on Population in the late 1970s and a frequent consultant on population and adolescent pregnancy issues in the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare in the early 1980s. He worked in the U.S. Department of Education in the George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton administrations on educational research and policy. He was a member of the congressionally-mandated Independent Review Panels for Goals 2000 and No Child Left Behind during both the Bill Clinton and George W. Bush administrations. He also was a member of the Bush-Cheney Transition Education Advisory Committee.

He works on a variety of historical and policy issues on the United States including demographic trends, socio-economic developments, family life, Head Start, K-12-education, and the uses of history for policymaking.

Recent Positions and honors

American Educational Research Association Fellow (2008- )   

National Academy of Education (1996- )

President of the History of Education Society (1994-95)

Guggenheim Fellowship (1981-82)


“Demographic Change in America from the Revolution to the Civil War” (Harvard, 1975)


From a Nation at Risk to No Child Left Behind: National Education Goals and the Creation of Federal Policy (2009)


The Birth of Head Start: Preschool Education Policies in the Kennedy and Johnson Administrations (2005)


Revitalizing Federal Education Research: Improving the Regional Educational Laboratories the R&D Centers, and the “New” OERI (2001)


History and Educational Policymaking (1999)


Education, Society, and Economic Opportunity: A Historical Perspective on Persistent Problems (1995)


Religion, Family, and the :Life Course: Explorations in the Social History of Early America (with Gerald Moran) (1992)


Contact Information

Department of History
1029 Tisch Hall
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1003


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