Maryellen Schaub is an assistant professor of Education Policy Studies. Originally from New York, she received a Ph.D. in sociology from Penn State in 2004. Prior to receiving a Ph.D., she lived in Washington, D.C. where she held a variety of research positions in US and comparative sociology of education. Broadly defined, she studies the social construction of childhood both comparatively and within the US, especially since 1950. Currently her three research projects look at the expansion of early childhood education, comparative implementations of equality of educational opportunity and enactments of parental investment in education, and the cultural evolution of textbook images over the 20th century.