My expertise lies in:
* Assessment and accountability. As American policymakers have lost interest in the process of public policy, they have demanded simple-seeming public reporting of results. Does this accountability lead to policy change? How does assessment shape implementation? This movement appears in many fields, but I focus on teacher quality and student achievement.
* Federalism and American education. American education is at once a bastion of localism and target for national control. Can localism yield democratic accountability without sacrificing academic achievement?
* Governors’ use of the media. Many governors produce almost daily press releases even as governors’ media visibility is low. What kinds of releases are picked up by the press?
I hold a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.