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Christopher Lubienski

Chris Lubienski's research centers on public and private interests in education, including the use of market mechanisms such as choice and competition to improve schooling, especially for disadvantaged children. His work examines reforms and movements such as vouchers, charter schools, tuition tax credits, and home schooling that seek to decentralize and deregulate educational governance. He focuses on outcomes anticipated by reformers in areas such as increased innovation and higher levels of achievement, exploring the frequent disconnect between research findings and policy advocacy. He is currently investigating the organizational behavior of schools and districts in local education markets in metropolitan areas.

Educational Background

  • 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

Key Professional Appointments

  • Scholar, Scholars Strategy Network, 2013-present
  • Professor, Education Policy, Organization and Leadership, University of Illinois, 2013-present
  • Associate Professor, Education Policy, Organization and Leadership, University of Illinois, 2007-2013
  • Visiting Scholar, Faculty of Education, Unviversity of New South Wales, 2012-2012
  • Fulbright Senior Scholar, New Zealand, University of Waikato, 2011-2011
  • Assistant Professor, Educational Organization and Leadership, University of Illinois, 2004-2007
  • Assistant Professor, History, Philosophy & Comparative Studues in Educa, Iowa State University, 1999-2004

Activities & Honors

  • Sir Walter Murdoch Visiting Professor, Education, Murdoch University, 2013-present
  • Fellow, National Education Policy Center, 2010-present
  • Member, Editorial Board, Education Policy Analysis Archives, 2009-present
  • Faculty Affiliate, Institute of Government and Public Affairs, 2008-present
  • Fellow, Forum on the Future of Public Education, 2007-present
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies, 2006-present
  • Member, Policy Task Force, Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, 2006-present
  • Member, Editorial Board, Educational Administration Quarterly, 2011-2014
  • Distinguished Senior Scholar, College of Education, 2013-2013
  • Associate Editor, American Educational Research Journal, 2011-2013
  • Member, Editorial Board, Educational Researcher, 2009-2012
  • List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students, (rated “outstanding,” Spring, 2005; Spring 2007), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2004-2012
  • Visiting Scholar — Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, Monash University, 2011-2011
  • Fulbright US Senior Scholar, New Zealand, Fulbright Program, 2010-2011
  • Member, Spencer Foundation, Small Research Grants Advisory Committee, 2008-2011
  • Distinguished Scholar, College of Education, 2007-2008
  • Review Panel Member, Research and Evaluation on Education in Science and Engineering, National Science Foundation, 2006-
  • List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students, , -

Research Statement

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

Grants

  • Principal Investigator, How Do Intermediary Organizations Define & Disseminate Research for Educational Policymaking?, William T. Grant Foundation, 2011-2014
  • Principal Investigator, Hardie Faculty Fellow: The Social Geography of Universal Choice: Competition, Charter Schools and Access in Post-Katrina New Orleans, Bureau of Educational Research, 2008-2009
  • Co-Principal Investigator, School Choice and Educational Reform in New Orleans, Campus Research Board, 2007-2008
  • Principal Investigator, The Social Geography of School Choice in Segregated Urban Areas, The Spencer Foundation (National Academy of Education), 2005-2006
  • Co-Principal Investigator, School Choice Policies and Outcomes Around the Globe: Philosophical and Empirical Perspectives on Limits to Choice in Liberal Democracies, The Spencer Foundation, 2005-2006
  • Principal Investigator, Adversaries or Allies: Do voucher programs increase competitive or cooperative strategies between public, private, and charter schools?, Bureau of Educational Research, 2005-2006
  • Co-Principal Investigator, A New Look at School Type, Mathematics Achievement and Equity, U.S. Department of Education, 2005-2006
  • Co-Principal Investigator, School 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), 2005-2006
  • Principal Investigator, Substantive and Symbolic Innovation in Competition-Based School Reform, Campus Research Board, 2005-present
  • Principal Investigator, Marketing Schools: Structuring incentives for innovation in educational production and promotion, The Spencer Foundation (Brown University), 2003-2003

In The News

Straight up: College of Education professor making his public presence felt

Jan. 21, 2014

Professor Chris Lubienski is making a significant contribution to the national discourse on education, according to the Education Week blog Rick Hess Straight Up (RHSU). Lubienski notched a No. 7 ranking among scholars in the field of government and policy in the Edu-Scholar Public Influence: Top Tens rankings, as well as two-way tie for No. 52 on the Edu-Scholar Public Influence list. The RHSU rankings recognize the often unseen accomplishments of scholars “who have had the biggest impact on public discussion of education.” Read more...