Associate Professor of Literacy Education
New York University
Michael J. Kieffer studies the language and literacy development of students from linguistically diverse backgrounds.
A former teacher, he aims to conduct research that can inform instruction and policy to improve the reading outcomes of students in urban schools, with a focus on adolescent English language learners. His research has included longitudinal studies of the reading and language development of English language learners, experimental and quasi-experimental evaluations of academic vocabulary instruction, and secondary analyses of large longitudinal datasets.
His current interests include metalinguistic skills involved in vocabulary learning, sources of reading comprehension difficulties, and the role of attention in second-language reading. His research has been supported by grants from the Spencer Foundation, the National Academy of Education, the American Educational Research Association, and the International Reading Association.
He has also received awards from New York University, the International Reading Association, and the Spencer Foundation. He received his doctorate from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education in 2009.
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