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Jason A. Grissom

Associate Professor of Public Policy and Education, Vanderbilt University

Jason A. Grissom is Associate Professor of Public Policy and Education and (by courtesy) of Political Science. Professor Grissom’s research uses large data sets and draws on the perspectives of political science, public administration, and economics to study the governance of K-12 education, including both its leadership/management and political dimensions. He is particularly interested in identifying the impacts of school and district leaders on teacher and student outcomes. He has ongoing research projects on principal effectiveness, measurement and evaluation of principal job performance, and how principals make human capital or talent management decisions in their schools. Professor Grissom has published numerous articles on district-level leaders as well, including school boards and superintendents, and his article on school board conflict, “Is Discord Detrimental? Using Institutional Variation to Identify the Impact of Public Governing Board Conflict on Outcomes,” won the Beryl Radin Award from the Public Management Research Association for best article published in the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory in 2014. He also conducts research on mobility among educators, which has included numerous studies of turnover among teachers, principals, and superintendents.


  • –present
    Associate Professor of Public Policy and Education, Vanderbilt University