Biography

Prof. Lubienski is an award-winning researcher and author, known internationally for his work on markets in education, school choice, and privatization. He is a fellow with the National Education Policy Center at the University of Colorado and Sir Walter Murdoch Visiting Professor at Murdoch University in Western Australia. He has authored peer-reviewed articles in the American Journal of Education, the Oxford Review of Education, the American Educational Research Journal, Educational Policy, and the Congressional Quarterly Researcher. His work has been funded by the federal Institute of Education Science, the William T. Grant Foundation, the Australian Research Council, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, and the Spencer Foundation, and featured in news media, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Time Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, and Business Week. In addition to School Choice Policies and Outcomes: Empirical and Philosophical Perspectives (with Walter Feinberg, SUNY Press, 2008), Lubienski published The Charter School Experiment: Expectations, Evidence, and Implications (with Peter Weitzel, Harvard Education Press). His book, The Public School Advantage: Why Public Schools Outperform Private Schools, (with Sarah Lubienski, University of Chicago Press) won the 2014 PROSE Award in Education Theory from the American Publishers Awards for Professional and Scholarly Excellence.

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Key Professional Appointments

ScholarScholars Strategy Network, 2013 - present

ProfessorEducation Policy, Organization and Leadership, University of Illinois, 2013 - present

Associate ProfessorEducation Policy, Organization and Leadership, University of Illinois, 2007 - 2013

Visiting ScholarFaculty of Education, Unviversity of New South Wales, 2012 - 2012

Fulbright Senior ScholarNew Zealand, University of Waikato, 2011 - 2011

Assistant ProfessorEducational Organization and Leadership, University of Illinois, 2004 - 2007

Assistant ProfessorHistory, Philosophy & Comparative Studues in Educa, Iowa State University, 1999 - 2004

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Education

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Education Policy, National Academy of Education, 2005

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Education Policy, Advanced Studies Program, Brown University, 2002

Ph.D., Education Policy and Social Analysis, Michigan State University, 1999

M.A., History, Michigan State University, 1992

B.S., History, Northern Michigan University (Summa Cum Laude), 1989

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Awards, Honors, Associations

PROSE winner, American Publishers Award for Professional and Scholarly Excellence, Education TheoryAssociation of American Publishers, 2015 - 2015

List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students2014 - 2014

Distinguished Senior ScholarCollege of Education, 2013 - 2013

Sir Walter Murdoch Visiting ProfessorEducationMurdoch University, 2013 - present

List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students(rated “outstanding,” Spring2005; Spring 2007)University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2004 - 2012

Visiting Scholar — Monash University, Melbourne, AustraliaMonash University, 2011 - 2011

Fulbright US Senior ScholarNew ZealandFulbright Program, 2010 - 2011

FellowNational Education Policy Center, 2010 - present

Faculty AffiliateInstitute of Government and Public Affairs, 2008 - present

Distinguished ScholarCollege of Education, 2007 - 2008

FellowForum on the Future of Public Education, 2007 - present

Research & Service

Research interests: Education Policy and Politics, Political Economy of Education, Organizational Theory and Innovation, Relationship of Theory and Evidence to Policy, Education Reform and Equity, International-Comparative Analyses, Geographic Analyses and Urban Education

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Publications

Malin, J., & Lubienski, C. (2015) Educational Expertise, Advocacy, and Media Influence Education Policy Analysis Archives 23 (6) link >

Lubienski, C., Scott, J., & DeBray, E. (2014) The Politics of Research Use in Education Policymaking Educational Policy 28 (2), 131-144

Lubienski, C., & Lubienski, S. (2014) The Public School Advantage: Why Public Schools Outperform Private Schools.. University of Chicago Press: Chicago, IL link >

Lubienski, C., & Brewer, T. (2013) Review of “Report Card on American Education: Ranking State K-12 Performance, Progress, and Reform.” National Education Policy Center: Boulder, CO link >

Lubienski, C., Puckett, T., & Brewer, T. (2013) Does Homeschooling “Work”?  A Critique of the Empirical Claims and Agenda of Advocacy Organizations Peabody Journal of Education 88 (3), 378-392 link >

Lubienski, C., Lee, J., & Gordon, L. (2013) Self-Managing Schools and Access for Disadvantaged Students:  Organizational Behavior and School Admissions New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies 48 (1), 82-98

Lubienski, C. (2013) Privatizing Form or Function? Equity, Outcomes and Influence in American Charter Schools Oxford Review of Education 39 (4), 498-513 link >

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Grants

Principal InvestigatorSubstantive and Symbolic Innovation in Competition-Based School Reform, Campus Research Board, 6/1/2005 12:00:00 AM - present

Principal InvestigatorThe Social Geography of School Choice in Segregated Urban Areas, The Spencer Foundation (National Academy of Education), 9/1/2005 12:00:00 AM - 8/31/2006 12:00:00 AM

Co-Principal InvestigatorSchool Choice Policies and Outcomes Around the Globe: Philosophical and Empirical Perspectives on Limits to Choice in Liberal Democracies, The Spencer Foundation, 8/16/2005 12:00:00 AM - 8/15/2006 12:00:00 AM

Principal InvestigatorAdversaries or Allies: Do voucher programs increase competitive or cooperative strategies between public, private, and charter schools?, Bureau of Educational Research, 8/16/2005 12:00:00 AM - 7/15/2006 12:00:00 AM

Principal InvestigatorHow Do Intermediary Organizations Define & Disseminate Research for Educational Policymaking?, William T. Grant Foundation, 7/1/2011 12:00:00 AM - 6/30/2015 12:00:00 AM

Co-Principal InvestigatorSchool Choice Policies and Outcomes Around the Globe: Philosophical and Empirical Perspectives on Limits to Choice in Liberal Democracies, International Program Studies (William and Flora Hewlett Foundation), 7/1/2005 12:00:00 AM - 6/30/2006 12:00:00 AM

Principal InvestigatorHardie Faculty Fellow: The Social Geography of Universal Choice: Competition, Charter Schools and Access in Post-Katrina New Orleans, Bureau of Educational Research, 8/16/2008 12:00:00 AM - 5/15/2009 12:00:00 AM

Co-Principal InvestigatorSchool Choice and Educational Reform in New Orleans, Campus Research Board, 1/24/2007 12:00:00 AM - 3/31/2008 12:00:00 AM

Co-Principal InvestigatorA New Look at School Type, Mathematics Achievement and Equity, U.S. Department of Education, 7/1/2005 12:00:00 AM - 12/31/2006 12:00:00 AM

Principal InvestigatorMarketing Schools: Structuring incentives for innovation in educational production and promotion, The Spencer Foundation (Brown University), 1/1/2003 12:00:00 AM - 12/31/2003 12:00:00 AM

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Service

Member, Editorial BoardEducational Administration Quarterly, 2011 - 2014

Associate EditorAmerican Educational Research Journal, 2011 - 2013

Member, Editorial BoardEducational Researcher, 2009 - 2012

MemberSpencer Foundation, Small Research Grants Advisory Committee, 2008 - 2011

Member, Editorial BoardEducation Policy Analysis Archives, 2009 - present

Editorial Board MemberJournal for Critical Education Policy Studies, 2006 - present

Member, Policy Task ForceCenter for Tax and Budget Accountability, 2006 - present

Review Panel MemberResearch and Evaluation on Education in Science and Engineering, National Science Foundation, 2006 - 2006

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Courses

Ed Politics and Policies Examines the legislative and political processes in the formulation of current federal and state educational policies, together with the evaluation of policy and the formulation of policy alternatives. Course Information: Prerequisite: EOL 548 or consent of instructor.

Uses/Abuses of Educ Research This course aims at comprehensive research literacy by considering educational research in historical, philosophical, policy and political context. Through close reading and quantitative, qualitative, and humanistic studies, the discussion of interdisciplinary perspectives on the research process, students learn to engage intelligently with multiple modes of research and deal critically with policies claiming an evidentiary warrant. Specific topics include: the relationship between research, policy, and practice; the nature of theory and method, argument and evidence in the humanities and social sciences; the tensions between advocacy and research.

Christopher Lubienski

Professor, Education Policy, Organization and Leadership

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Champaign, IL 61820

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