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Professor of Political Science and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University

Jeffrey R. Henig is a professor of political science and education at Teachers College, where he also chairs the Department of Education Policy & Social Analysis, and professor of political science at Columbia University. He earned his B.A. from Cornell University in 1973 and Ph.D. in Political Science at Northwestern University in 1978.

He is the author or coauthor of eight books, including The Color of School Reform: Race, Politics and the Challenge of Urban Education (Princeton, 1999) and Building Civic Capacity: The Politics of Reforming Urban Schools (Kansas, 2001), both of which were named--in 1999 and 2001, respectively--the best book written on urban politics by the Urban Politics Section of the American Political Science Association. Spin Cycle: How Research Gets Used in Policy Debates: The Case of Charter Schools (Russell Sage, 2008) won the American Educational Research Association’s (AERA) Outstanding Book Award, 2010. Most recently, he is co-editor and contributor to Between Public and Private: Politics, Governance, and the New Portfolio Models for Urban School Reform (Harvard Education Press, 2010).


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    Professor of political science and education, Teachers College, Columbia University