William T. Gormley, Co-Director
William T. Gormley, Jr. is University Professor and Co-Director of the Center for Research on Children in the U.S. (CROCUS) at Georgetown University. He is the author of numerous books, including, most recently, The Critical Advantage: Developing Critical Thinking Skills in School (Harvard Education Press, 2017). Other books include: Bureaucracy and Democracy: Accountability and Performance (Congressional Quarterly Press, 2017), 4th ed., with Steven Balla; Organizational Report Cards (Harvard University Press, 1999), with David Weimer; and Everybody’s Children: Child Care as a Public Problem (Brookings Institution Press, 1995). His book, Taming the Bureaucracy: Muscles, Prayers, and Other Strategies (Princeton University Press, 1989), won the Louis Brownlow Best Book Award from the National Academy of Public Administration.
Since 2001, Dr. Gormley has directed an evaluation of Oklahoma’s universal pre-K program, focusing on the effectiveness of the Tulsa Public Schools pre-K program in promoting school readiness. Results of that evaluation have appeared in Science (June, 2008), the Policy Studies Journal (February 2005), the Journal of Human Resources (Summer 2005), and Developmental Psychology (November 2005).
Dr. Gormley helped to found Georgetown University’s day care center, Hoya Kids, and has served as a member of the National Commission on Reinventing the NAEYC. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and a past president of the Public Policy Section of the American Political Science Association.