John L. Rury, Ph.D., is a professor at the University of Kansas. Dr. Rury is a historian of American education and also conducts research in education policy studies, especially regarding metropolitan schools. He is particularly concerned with inequality in education, past and present. He was educated at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Ph.D. 1982), the City University of New York (M.S. 1975) and Fordham University (A.B. 1973). Prior to coming to KU in 2003, he taught at DePaul University, Ohio State University, Antioch College and Wayne State University. He also spent a year as a visiting scholar at the University of Michigan. Professor Rury's work has been supported by grants and fellowships from the National Institute of Education, the National Academy of Education, the Spencer Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Kansas Board of Regents, among other sources. In spring 2018 he was a Fulbright scholar in Hungary. During the 1990s he served as an editor of the American Educational Research Journal (1992-96), and was elected president of the History of Education Society (USA) and a vice president of the American Educational Research Association. Between 1999 and 2003 he was a senior program officer and senior advisor at the Spencer Foundation. He presently serves on the executive committee of the Kansas City Area Educational Research Consortium (KCAERC), and as a co-director of the Urban Experience Seminar at KU's Hall Center for the Humanities.