Dana Goldstein


Dana Goldstein is a writer and editor based in Brooklyn, New York, focusing on education, women’s issues, and politics. As a Spencer Fellow, she plans on writing a series of magazine feature stories following the real-world, community level implications of the Obama administration education reform agenda as it rolls out on the ground, in Colorado and other states at the forefront of this movement.

She is currently an associate editor at The Daily Beast, where she reports on news and politics and edits the social justice site Giving Beast. Previously, Dana was a staff writer and associate editor at The American Prospect in Washington, D.C., where she was the education beat reporter and covered social policy, both as a print magazine feature writer and daily on the Prospect’s award-winning blog, TAPPED. She covered the 2008 Democratic primary and general election, reporting from the Iowa caucus and both parties’ conventions.

She has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, and C-SPAN, and written for The Nation, The New Republic, Business Week, Double X/Slate, and In These Times. She is a graduate of Brown University and traces her passion for education writing back to her 13 years of public school in Ossining, New York.

Dana Goldstein’s work, “The Teacher Wars: A History of the Nation’s Most Embattled Profession,” is scheduled for release by Doubleday September 2. This lively work explores the roots of our current controversies in the history of the last two centuries of teaching in America. Goldstein, a freelance education writer for Slate, The Atlantic, and the Nation, is currently a staff writer at the Marshall Foundation. She developed her book while studying as a Spencer Fellow in 2010-2011.


Published Work:

The Test Generation
American Prospect, April 11, 2011
What Newark  Schools Need
The Nation, January 2011

Grading Waiting for Superman

The Nation, October 2010

The Education Wars

The American Prospect
Disability Advocates Skeptical of Sarah Palin

The Daily Beast
The Charter School Barter

The American Prospect
Can Mayor Bloomberg Pay Poor People to “Be Good?”

The American Prospect
The Innovation Administration

The American Prospect
Shaking Up Suburbia

The American Prospect
Testing Testing

The American Prospect
Meet the New Union Bosses…Women

The Daily Beast