David Steiner was New York State Commissioner of Education between 2009 and 2011. From 2005 to 2009, he was Dean of the School of Education of Hunter College at the City University of New York (CUNY). Previously, he was Director of Arts Education at the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington and Professor of Education at Boston University. Steiner wrote Rethinking Democratic Education: The Politics of Reform (1994). In his essay for Nexus 51, Steiner paints a unique picture of his father, cultural philosopher George Steiner (1929).