Paul E. Peterson is the Director, Program on Education Policy and Governance in the Taubman Center for State and Local Government at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government Henry Lee Shattuck Professor of Government, Harvard University Paul E. Peterson is also the editor - in - chief of Education Next: A Journal of Opinion and Research. In addition to these roles at Harvard University, he is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. His book Saving Schools: From Horace Mann to Virtual Learning (Harvard University Press, 2010) describes the rise, decline, and potential transformation of the American school.