Morgan is an Associate Professor of Education at the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education. He researches the design, implementation, and effects of standards, assessment, and accountability policies.
Morgan is a co-investigator on the Center on Standards, Alignment, Instruction, and Learning, a five-year project to study the implementation and effects of new “college- and career-ready standards” in the U.S. In that work, he is leading the development of survey measures of teachers’ implementation of new standards. He also has projects funded by the WT Grant Foundation, National Science Foundation, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to study the adoption, use, and effects of textbooks in the core academic subjects.
He currently serves as an Associate Editor of the American Educational Research Journal and on the editorial boards of Educational Research, AERA Open, and Educational Administration Quarterly. In 2017, he was awarded the Early Career Award from the American Educational Research Association.