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’s Spencer book project on the political history of teaching, tentatively titled  “The Teaching Wars: A Political History of America’s Most Controversial Profession,” will be published by Doubleday. The book looks at the politicization of the public school classroom over time, from the nineteenth century through the present day, and examines how teachers have found themselves at the center of debates about patriotism, poverty, race, and class.

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