Academic Appointments


Research Interests


  • History of Education
  • School Reform
  • Teachers and Teaching
  • Technology and Education

2020-21 Courses


All Publications


  • Reforming the Grammar of Schooling Again and Again AMERICAN JOURNAL OF EDUCATION Cuban, L. 2020; 126 (4): 665–71
  • Education Researchers, AERA Presidents, and Reforming the Practice of Schooling, 1916-2016 EDUCATIONAL RESEARCHER Cuban, L. 2016; 45 (2): 134-141
  • Standards vs. Customization: Finding the Balance EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP Cuban, L. 2012; 69 (5): 10-15
  • THE PERENNIAL REFORM: FIXING SCHOOL TIME PHI DELTA KAPPAN Cuban, L. 2008; 90 (4): 240-250
  • Getting past futile pedagogical wars PHI DELTA KAPPAN Cuban, L. 2006; 87 (10): 793-795
  • Meeting challenges in urban schools EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP Cuban, L. 2004; 61 (7): 64-?
  • Making public schools business-like . . . again PS-POLITICAL SCIENCE & POLITICS Cuban, L. 2004; 37 (2): 237-240
  • Customization and the common good - A conversation with Larry Cuban EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP Willis, S., Cuban, L. 2002; 59 (7): 6-11
  • Techno-promoter dreams, student realities PHI DELTA KAPPAN Peck, C., Cuban, L., Kirkpatrick, H. 2002; 83 (6): 472-480
  • Mismatch: Historical perspectives on schools and students who don't fit them TEACHERS COLLEGE RECORD Deschenes, S., Cuban, L., Tyack, D. 2001; 103 (4): 525-547
  • Can historians help school reformers? CURRICULUM INQUIRY Cuban, L. 2001; 31 (4): 453-467
  • High access and low use of technologies in high school classrooms: Explaining an apparent paradox AMERICAN EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH JOURNAL Cuban, L., Kirkpatrick, H., Peck, C. 2001; 38 (4): 813-834
  • Managing the dilemmas of high school reform CURRICULUM INQUIRY Cuban, L. 2000; 30 (1): 105-118
  • How schools change reforms: Redefining reform success and failure TEACHERS COLLEGE RECORD Cuban, L. 1998; 99 (3): 453-477
  • The integration of sciences into the American secondary school curriculum, 1890s-1990s ZEITSCHRIFT FUR PADAGOGIK Cuban, L. 1998: 89-113
  • Change without reform: The case of Stanford University School of Medicine, 1908-1990 AMERICAN EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH JOURNAL Cuban, L. 1997; 34 (1): 83-122
  • When is tenure long enough? A historical analysis of superintendent turnover and tenure in urban school districts EDUCATIONAL ADMINISTRATION QUARTERLY Yee, G., Cuban, L. 1996; 32: 615-641
  • Myths about changing schools and the case of special education REMEDIAL AND SPECIAL EDUCATION Cuban, L. 1996; 17 (2): 75-?
  • HEDGEHOGS AND FOXES AMONG EDUCATIONAL RESEARCHERS JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH Cuban, L. 1995; 89 (1): 6-12
  • THE HIDDEN VARIABLE - HOW ORGANIZATIONS INFLUENCE TEACHER RESPONSES TO SECONDARY SCIENCE CURRICULUM REFORM THEORY INTO PRACTICE Cuban, L. 1995; 34 (1): 4-11
  • THE LURE OF CURRICULAR REFORM AND ITS PITIFUL HISTORY PHI DELTA KAPPAN Cuban, L. 1993; 75 (2): 182-185
  • COMPUTERS MEET CLASSROOM - CLASSROOM WINS TEACHERS COLLEGE RECORD Cuban, L. 1993; 95 (2): 185-210
  • WHAT HAPPENS TO REFORMS THAT LAST - THE CASE OF THE JUNIOR-HIGH-SCHOOL AMERICAN EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH JOURNAL Cuban, L. 1992; 29 (2): 227-251
  • WHY SOME REFORMS LAST - THE CASE OF THE KINDERGARTEN AMERICAN JOURNAL OF EDUCATION Cuban, L. 1992; 100 (2): 166-194
  • 4 STORIES ABOUT NATIONAL GOALS FOR AMERICAN EDUCATION PHI DELTA KAPPAN Cuban, L. 1990; 72 (4): 265-271
  • WHAT I LEARNED FROM WHAT I HAD FORGOTTEN ABOUT TEACHING - NOTES FROM A PROFESSOR PHI DELTA KAPPAN Cuban, L. 1990; 71 (6): 479-482
  • THE AT-RISK LABEL AND THE PROBLEM OF URBAN SCHOOL-REFORM PHI DELTA KAPPAN Cuban, L. 1989; 70 (10): 780-?
  • NEOPROGRESSIVE VISIONS AND ORGANIZATIONAL REALITIES HARVARD EDUCATIONAL REVIEW Cuban, L. 1989; 59 (2): 217-222
  • AT-RISK STUDENTS - WHAT TEACHERS AND PRINCIPALS CAN DO EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP Cuban, L. 1989; 46 (5): 29-32
  • WHY DO SOME REFORMS PERSIST EDUCATIONAL ADMINISTRATION QUARTERLY Cuban, L. 1988; 24 (3): 329-335
  • RESEARCHERS ADVISING POLICYMAKERS - A WORD TO THE WISE EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGIST Cuban, L. 1988; 23 (3): 287-293
  • YOURE ON THE RIGHT TRACK, DAVID PHI DELTA KAPPAN Cuban, L. 1988; 69 (8): 571-572
  • A FUNDAMENTAL PUZZLE OF SCHOOL-REFORM PHI DELTA KAPPAN Cuban, L. 1988; 69 (5): 341-344
  • CULTURES OF TEACHING - A PUZZLE EDUCATIONAL ADMINISTRATION QUARTERLY Cuban, L. 1987; 23 (4): 25-35
  • THE HOLMES GROUP-REPORT - WHY REACH EXCEEDS GRASP TEACHERS COLLEGE RECORD Cuban, L. 1987; 88 (3): 348-353
  • PRINCIPALING - IMAGES AND ROLES PEABODY JOURNAL OF EDUCATION Cuban, L. 1986; 63 (1): 107-119
  • PERSISTENT INSTRUCTION - ANOTHER LOOK AT CONSTANCY IN THE CLASSROOM PHI DELTA KAPPAN Cuban, L. 1986; 68 (1): 7-11
  • CONFLICT AND LEADERSHIP IN THE SUPERINTENDENCY PHI DELTA KAPPAN Cuban, L. 1985; 67 (1): 28-30
  • TRANSFORMING THE FROG INTO A PRINCE - EFFECTIVE SCHOOLS RESEARCH, POLICY, AND PRACTICE AT THE DISTRICT LEVEL HARVARD EDUCATIONAL REVIEW Cuban, L. 1984; 54 (2): 129-151
  • POLICY AND RESEARCH DILEMMAS IN THE TEACHING OF REASONING - UNPLANNED DESIGNS REVIEW OF EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH Cuban, L. 1984; 54 (4): 655-681
  • EFFECTIVE SCHOOLS - A FRIENDLY BUT CAUTIONARY NOTE PHI DELTA KAPPAN Cuban, L. 1983; 64 (10): 695-696
  • CORPORATE INVOLVEMENT IN PUBLIC-SCHOOLS - A PRACTITIONER-ACADEMICS PERSPECTIVE TEACHERS COLLEGE RECORD Cuban, L. 1983; 85 (2): 183-203
  • AMERICAN DREAMS AND PUBLIC-SCHOOLS SOCIAL EDUCATION Cuban, L. 1982; 46 (6): 390-393
  • PERSISTENCE OF THE INEVITABLE - THE TEACHER-CENTERED CLASSROOM EDUCATION AND URBAN SOCIETY Cuban, L. 1982; 15 (1): 26-41
  • PERSISTENT INSTRUCTION - THE HIGH-SCHOOL CLASSROOM, 1900-1980 PHI DELTA KAPPAN Cuban, L. 1982; 64 (2): 113-118
  • COMMENTS ON SCHOOL GOVERNANCE - HOW SHOULD SCHOOLS BE RULED EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP Shannon, T. A., TOFFLER, A., Campbell, A., Goldman, N., OURTH, J., Kirst, M., SCHAIN, R. L., Shanker, A., Kirby, J. R., PRASCH, J., FRAVEL, M., DESPAIN, B. C., McGee, R. J., QUIE, A. H., MARBURGER, C. L., Cuban, L., Perkins, C. D. 1980; 38 (2): 102-?
  • REFORM BY FIAT - CLARK-PLAN IN WASHINGTON, 1970-1972 URBAN EDUCATION Cuban, L. 1974; 9 (1): 8-34
  • URBAN SUPERINTENDENTS - VULNERABLE EXPERTS PHI DELTA KAPPAN Cuban, L. 1974; 56 (4): 279-282