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Christopher Lubienski

Professor, Education Policy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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 decentralise 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 organisational behaviour of schools and districts in local education markets in metropolitan areas.


  • –present
    Associate Professor, Education Policy, University of Illinois
  • –present
    Assistant Professor, Educational Organization and Leadership, University of Illinois
  • –present
    Assistant Professor, Curriculum and Instruction, Iowa State University
  • –present
    Professor, Education Policy, University of Illinois


  • 1999 
    Michigan State University, PhD Education Policy and Social Analysis
  • 1992 
    Michigan State University, MA in History
  • 1989 
    Northern Michigan University, BS History (Summa cum laude)


  • 2011
    The Charter School Experiment: Expectations, Evidence, and Implications, Edited w/ P. Weitzel (Harvard Education Press)
  • 2009
    School choice and competitive incentives: Mapping the distribution of educational opportunities, American Journal of Education
  • 2009
    Is there a “consensus” on school choice and achievement?, Educational Policy

Grants and Contracts

  • 2011
    How Do Intermediary Organizations Define & Disseminate Research for Educational Policymaking?
    Lead Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
    WT Grant Foundation

Research Areas

  • Education Policy (160506)


Fulbright Senior Scholar