Matthew Shirrell is an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership and Administration in the Graduate School of Education and Human Development at George Washington University. His research explores the relationships between policy, the social and organizational characteristics of schools and school systems, and learning, improvement, and teacher retention. His research has been funded by the William T. Grant Foundation, the Walton Family Foundation, the Chan/Zuckerberg Initiative, and the American Educational Research Association. In 2020-21, he was awarded a National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship. His work has appeared in a variety of scholarly journals, including American Journal of Education, American Educational Research Journal, Sociology of Education, and Educational Administration Quarterly.