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.
Associate Professor, Education Policy, University of Illinois
Assistant Professor, Educational Organization and Leadership, University of Illinois
Assistant Professor, Curriculum and Instruction, Iowa State University
Professor, Education Policy, University of Illinois
Michigan State University, PhD Education Policy and Social Analysis
Michigan State University, MA in History
Northern Michigan University, BS History (Summa cum laude)
The Charter School Experiment: Expectations, Evidence, and Implications, Edited w/ P. Weitzel (Harvard Education Press)
School choice and competitive incentives: Mapping the distribution of educational opportunities, American Journal of Education
Is there a “consensus” on school choice and achievement?, Educational Policy
Grants and Contracts
How Do Intermediary Organizations Define & Disseminate Research for Educational Policymaking?