W. Steven Barnett, Ph.D. is Board of Governors Professor of Education and Director of the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) at Rutgers University. Dr. Barnett is an internationally recognized expert on early childhood policy and programs who has served as consultant to scores of states and national leaders in the United States and numerous countries around the world. His research includes wide ranging studies on early childhood policy and economics including: research on long-term effects of early education programs; benefit-cost analyses of early childhood programs; educating bilingual/migrant populations; the effects of curriculum on executive functions, attitudes, and social behavior; and, the series of State Preschool Yearbooks providing annual state-by-state analyses of progress in public pre-K. Dr. Barnett published the first comprehensive benefit-cost analysis of lifetime effects of the Perry Preschool in 1985. Nearly thirty years later he summarized what has been learned about producing such results on a large scale in the journal Science. Dr. Barnett earned his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan.