Diana C. Pullin (J.D., Ph.D.) is a Professor of Education Law and Public Policy in the Lynch School of Education and the School of Law at Boston College. Professor Pulllin is a leading US and international expert in law and assessment, testing and accountability systems for teacher education, performance and certification. The focus of her work is the impact of law on education practice and the impact of social science on the law. She is former Dean of Education at Boston College. She has served as legal counsel for students, educators, and school systems in many different types of education disputes, particularly over high stakes uses of testing. She has published numerous books, chapters, and articles on education law and public policy, educational and employment testing, educator quality, and individuals with disabilities. Professional standards of practice have also been a focus of her work; she is one of the co-authors of the 1999 Standards on Educational and Psychological Testing and she served as well for a number of years as a member of the Joint Committee on Standards for Educational Evaluation.
Professor Pullin is a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association, is a Lifetime National Associate of the National Academy of Sciences, serves on the Board on Testing and Assessment of the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences, and is associate editor of the interdisciplinary journal Educational Policy.