Noel S. Anderson currently holds the positions of Chairperson of the Department of Administration, Leadership and Technology and Clinical Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at NYU Steinhardt.
Prior to NYU, Noel was Chief Program Officer for Year Up, Inc., a national workforce and education organization. Before leading at Year Up, Noel was a tenured Associate Professor and interim Chairperson in the Department of Political Science at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. His academic research focuses on career and post-secondary pathways for low income youth and race and equity in education. Much of his research integrates the capabilities approach (a theory developed by Amartya Sen, Nobel Prize winner in welfare economics) to education and equity, one of only a handful of U.S. scholars applying this complex methodology to education. Noel has taught and lectured around the world and has authored and edited numerous scholarly articles and books. His most recent co-authored book is Working to Learn: Disrupting the Divide between College and Career Pathways for Young People (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2020).
Noel has earned over a dozen awards and fellowships, including the Presidio Institute Cross-Sector Leadership Fellowship and the Whitney M. Young, Jr. Education Leadership Award by the National Urban League. In Fall 2020, Noel served on then Presidential candidate Joe Biden’s Education Policy Committee, lending his expertise to inform the campaign’s national platform on career readiness.
Noel received his B.A. cum laude from Brooklyn College, M.S.Ed. from the University of Pennsylvania and his Ph.D. from New York University.