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Jeffrey Henig

Professional Background

Educational Background

  • B.A. Government, Cornell University
  • Ph.D. Political Science, Northwestern University

Scholarly Interests

The boundary between private action and public action in addressing social problems. Privatization and school choice, race and urban politics, the politics of urban education reform, the politics of education research.

Selected Publications

  • The End of Exceptionalism in American Education: The changing politics of school reform. Harvard Education Press. Harvard Education Press, 2013.

     

    Between Public and Private: Politics, Governance, and the New Portfolio Models for Urban School Reform, co-edited with Katrina E. Bulkley and Henry M. Levin, Harvard Education Press, October 2010. Winner of the Districts in Research and Reform SIG 

    Best Book Award, 2012.

     

    Spin Cycle: How Research Is Used in Policy Debates, The Case of Charter Schools. Russell Sage Foundation/The Century Foundation, 2008. Winner of the American Educational Research Association’s (AERA) Outstanding Book Award, 2010.

     

    Mayors in the Middle: Politics, Race and Mayoral Control of Urban Schools, co-edited with Wilbur C. Rich, Princeton University Press, 2004.

     

    Building Civic Capacity: The Politics of Reforming Urban Schools, co-authored with Clarence N. Stone, Bryan D. Jones, and Carol Pierannunzi. University Press of Kansas, 2001. Named best book published in the field of urban politics in 2001 by the Urban Politics section of the American Political Science Association.

     

    The Color of School Reform: Race, Politics, and the Challenge of Urban Education, co-authored with Richard Hula, Marion Orr, and Desiree Pedescleaux, Princeton University Press, 1999. Named best book published in the field of urban politics in 1999 by the Urban Politics section of the American Political Science Association.

     

    Shrinking the State: The Political Underpinnings of Privatization, co-authored with Harvey Feigenbaum and Chris Hamnett, Cambridge University Press, 1998.

     

                Rethinking School Choice: Limits of the Market Metaphor, Princeton Univ. Press, 1994. Paperback edition with new "Afterword" released in 1995.

     

    Public Policy and Federalism: Issues in State and Local Politics, St. Martin's Press, 1985.

     

    Neighborhood Mobilization: Redevelopment and Response, Rutgers University Press, 1982.

biographical information

principal publications

BOOKS

The End of Exceptionalism in American Education: The changing politics of school reform. Harvard Education Press. Harvard Education Press, 2013.

 

Between Public and Private: Politics, Governance, and the New Portfolio Models for Urban School Reform, co-edited with Katrina E. Bulkley and Henry M. Levin, Harvard Education Press, October 2010. Winner of the Districts in Research and Reform SIG 

Best Book Award, 2012.

 

Spin Cycle: How Research Is Used in Policy Debates, The Case of Charter Schools. Russell Sage Foundation/The Century Foundation, 2008. Winner of the American Educational Research Association’s (AERA) Outstanding Book Award, 2010.

 

Mayors in the Middle: Politics, Race and Mayoral Control of Urban Schools, co-edited with Wilbur C. Rich, Princeton University Press, 2004.

 

Building Civic Capacity: The Politics of Reforming Urban Schools, co-authored with Clarence N. Stone, Bryan D. Jones, and Carol Pierannunzi. University Press of Kansas, 2001. Named best book published in the field of urban politics in 2001 by the Urban Politics section of the American Political Science Association.

 

The Color of School Reform: Race, Politics, and the Challenge of Urban Education, co-authored with Richard Hula, Marion Orr, and Desiree Pedescleaux, Princeton University Press, 1999. Named best book published in the field of urban politics in 1999 by the Urban Politics section of the American Political Science Association.

 

Shrinking the State: The Political Underpinnings of Privatization, co-authored with Harvey Feigenbaum and Chris Hamnett, Cambridge University Press, 1998.

 

           Rethinking School Choice: Limits of the Market Metaphor, Princeton Univ. Press, 1994. Paperback edition with new "Afterword" released in 1995.

 

Public Policy and Federalism: Issues in State and Local Politics, St. Martin's Press, 1985.

 

Neighborhood Mobilization: Redevelopment and Response, Rutgers University Press, 1982.



RECENT JOURNAL ARTICLES

 

“The Politics of Testing When Measures ‘Go Public’” Teachers College Record, special section on Validity: When Education Measures Go Public –Stakeholder Conversations on How and Why Validity Breaks Down, edited by Madhabi Chatterji, forthcoming, 2013.

 

“The Politics of Data Use,” Teachers College Record, special issue on data use edited by Andrea Bueschel and Cynthia Coburn, (November 2012): v. 114 (11).


“Shopping in the Political Arena: Strategic State and Local Venue Selection by Advocates,” co-authored with Thomas P. Holyoke and Heath Brown, State and Local Government Review (2012) 44(1) 9-20

 

“Geo-Spatial Analyses and School Choice Research,” American Journal of Education (August 2009) Vol. 115: 649-657.

 

“Mayors, Governors, and Presidents: The new education executives and the end of educational exceptionalism," Peabody Journal of Education (2009): 84:283-289.

 

"Policy Dynamics and the Evolution of State Charter School Laws." Co-authored with Thomas T. Holyoke, Heath Brown, Natalie Lacireno-Paquet. Policy Sciences (February 2009): 42: 33–55.

 

“Politicization of Evidence: Lessons for an Informed Democracy,” Educational Policy (2009) Vol. 23, No. 1, 137-160.

 

“Rethinking School Reform: The Distractions of Dogma and the Potential for a New Politics of Progressive Pragmatism.” Co-authored with Clarence N. Stone. American Journal of Education (May 2008): Vol. 114, no. 3, 191-218.

 

“Institution Advocacy and The Political Behavior of Charter Schools.” Co-authored with Thomas T. Holyoke, Heath Brown, and Natalie Lacireno-Paquet. Political Research Quarterly (June 2007): 202-214

 

“The Influence of Founder Type on Charter School Structures and Operations.”  Co-authored with Heath Brown, Thomas T. Holyoke, and Natalie Lacireno-Paquet. American Journal of Education 111 (August 2005): 487-522.




RECENT CHAPTERS IN EDITED VOLUMES

“Calling the Shots in Public Education: Parents, Politicians, and Educators Clash.” Co-authored with Eva Gold and Elaine Simon. In Public Education Under Siege, edited by Michael B. Katz and Mike Rose. Philadelphia PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, forthcoming 2013.

 

“The Rise of Education Executives in the White House, State House, and Mayor’s Office,” in Paul Manna and Patrick McGuinn, eds., Education Governance for the Twenty-First Century: Overcoming the Structural Barriers to School Reform. Washington DC: Brookings (2012): 178-205.

 

“Addressing the Disadvantages of Poverty: Why ignore the most important challenge of the post-standards era?” Co-authored with Helen Janc Malone, Paul Reville. In Jal Mehta, Robert Schwartz, and Frederick M. Hess eds., The Future(s) of School Reform. Cambridge MA: Harvard Education Press (2012): 119-149.

 

“ I Used to Think: "Ideas Have Sharper Edges Than Real Phenomena."” In I Used to Think . . . And Now I Think: Twenty Leading Educators Reflect on the Work of School Reform, I Used to Think . . . And Now I Think . . .: Twenty Leading Educators Reflect on the Work of School Reform

edited by Richard F. Elmore. Cambridge MA: Harvard Education Press (2011): 65-70.

 

“Parent and Community Engagement in NYC and the Sustainability Challenge for Urban Education Reform.” Co-authored with Eva Gold, Marion Orr, Megan Silander, Elaine Simon. In Education Reform in New York City: Ambitious Change in the Nation's Most Complex School System, edited by J. O'Day, C. Bitter, & L. Gomez, L.  Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press (2011): 33-54.

 

“The Contemporary Context of Public Engagement: The New Political Grid.” In Public Engagement for Public Education, edited by Marion Orr and John Rogers. Stanford University Press (2011): 52-85.

 

“Portfolio Management Models and the Political Economy of Contracting Regimes.”  In Between Public and Private: Politics, Governance, and the New Portfolio Models for Urban School Reform, co-edited with Katrina E. Bulkley and Henry M. Levin, Harvard Education Press, (2010): 27-52.

 

“NYC: Strong Vision, Learning by Doing, or the Politics of Muddling Through?” co-authored with Jonathan Gyurko. In Between Public and Private: Politics, Governance, and the New Portfolio Models for Urban School Reform, co-edited with Katrina E. Bulkley and Henry M. Levin, Harvard Education Press, (2010): 91-126.

 

“Where Public Meets Private: Looking Forward” co-authored with Katrina E. Bulkley. Between Public and Private: Politics, Governance, and the New Portfolio Models for Urban School Reform, co-edited with Katrina E. Bulkley and Henry M. Levin, Harvard Education Press, (2010): 323-340.

 

“Would Better Research Lead to Better Schools?” In Taking Measure of Charter Schools, edited by Paul Hill and Julian Betts. Rowman and Littlefield (2010).

 

“The Politics of Localism in an Era of Centralization, Privatization, and Choice.” In R. L. Crowson & E. B. Goldring (Eds.), The New Localism in American Education, The 108th Yearbook of the National Society for the Study of Education, Volume 1(2009): 112-129.

 

 “Correlates of Mayoral Takeovers in City School Systems” (with Elisabeth Thurston Fraser). In Nancy Pindus, Howard Wial, and Harold Wolman, eds., Urban and Regional Policy and Its Effects: Volume 2. Washington DC: Brookings Institution Press (2009): 69-123.

 

 “Mayoral Control: What We Can and Cannot Learn from Other Cities?” In When Mayors Take Charge School Governance in the City, edited by Joseph P. Viteritti. Brookings Institution Press (2009).

 

“Education Policy from 1980 to Present: The Politics of Privatization.” In Conservativism and American Political Development, edited by Brian J Glenn and Steven M Teles.  Oxford University Press (2009): 291-323.

 

“The Evolving Relationship between Researchers and Public Policy.” In When Research Matters: How Scholarship Influences Education Policy, edited by Frederick M. Hess. Cambridge MA: Harvard Education Press (2008): 41-62.

 

The Political Economy of Supplemental Education Services.” In No Remedy Left Behind

Lessons from a Half-Decade of NCLB, edited by Frederick M. Hess and Chester E. Finn Jr. Washington DC: AEI Press  (2007): 66-94.

 


Documents & Papers

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Centers and Projects

Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media
Website: http://hechinger.tc.columbia.edu/

The Hechinger Institute exists to equip journalists with the knowledge and skills they need to produce fair, accurate and insightful reporting. Since its launch in 1996, the institute has sponsored more than 63 seminars for journalists who write, editorialize or edit coverage of education.

More than 1,800 journalists have attended Hechinger Institute seminars, which feature top education experts, including faculty from Teachers College. Held at Teachers College and throughout the U.S., Hechinger seminars are designed to create an intimate, salon-like atmosphere in which all of the participants and presenters are encouraged to participate.

The institute also produces primers and publications on timely topics in education, from covering higher education to understanding teachers unions. The institute maintains a website with resources related to seminar topics along with a blog on early childhood issues. In 2007, the institute is sponsoring "Covering America, Covering Community Colleges" a fellowship designed to encourage and promote in-depth coverage of community colleges for print and broadcast reporters, online and editorial writers.
The Hechinger Institute's director is Richard Lee Colvin, the former lead education writer for the Los Angeles Times who spent much of his career writing about education for newspapers in California. The assistant director is Liz Willen, a former education writer for Newsday and Bloomberg News.

The institute is supported by a variety of private philanthropies, including the John S. and James Knight Foundation, the Broad Foundation, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Joyce Foundation, The Ford Foundation, The Wallace Foundation, Harold W. McGraw Jr., chairman emeritus of the McGraw-Hill Companies, the Cotsen Family Foundation, the Lumina Foundation for Education and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. It is named in memory of Fred M. Hechinger, a former education editor of the New York Times and a trustee of Teachers College.



National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education
Website: http://www.ncspe.org

The National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education (NCSPE) serves as a non-partisan venue to analyze and disseminate information about the contentious private initiatives in education that include vouchers, charter schools and educational contracting. Proponents of privatization view the movement as improving school choice, student outcomes and innovation through competition in the marketplace. They point to the poor performance of urban schools and how competition converts failure into success. Opponents argue that the movement undermines already flagging urban public schools, depriving the system of motivated students and scarce resources to bring about reform and runs counter to the establishment clause embodied in the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. Currently there is no disinterested authority to test and verify the conflicting claims of proponents and opponents, leaving the debate to those who argue on ideological grounds rather than empirical data. In evaluating different privatization plans, the center uses four criteria: the freedom for parents to choose schools that mirror their values and religious beliefs; productive efficiency that maximizes school results; equity that provides access for all to the range of educational opportunities, and social cohesion that prepares youngsters for democratic and civic participation.

The Privatization Center is affiliated with the Department of International and Transcultural Studies. Its Director is Henry M. Levin, William Heard Kilpatrick Professor of Economics and Education. The Center disseminates its research, policy analysis through conferences, the World Wide Web, publications and the media. It also has entered a partnership with the education commission of the states to provide information to governors, state legislatures and state departments of education.

Contact: Henry Levin
E-mail: levin@exchange.tc.columbia.edu



Jeffrey Henig appeared in the following articles:

Can History Point to What Ails Educational Testing Today? (11/22/2013)

Putting Standards to the Test (6/26/2013)

TC's Jeff Henig: Income Gap in Education is "Stubborn" (5/2/2013)

Professor Jeffrey Henig (3/18/2013)

Professor Jeffrey Henig (3/15/2013)

TC's Bailey, Henig, Wells Named AERA Fellows (3/14/2013)

Henig and Neumann Are Elected Members of the National Academy of Education (2/7/2013)

Jeffrey Henig Reads the Future of Education Policy (1/11/2013)

President Fuhrman, Six Faculty Members Make Rick Hess's 2012 Public Presence Rankings (1/9/2013)

Seven TC Scholars Make 2013 Edu-Scholar Public Presence Rankings (1/9/2013)

The Elephant in the Classroom (12/7/2012)

Kossoff Lecture at TC Features Education Debate Between Advisers to Candidates Obama and Romney (10/17/2012)

Jeffrey Henig: Rocketship and Teach for American Partnership Attracts "Young, Eager" Teachers (10/15/2012)

A Consensus that Poverty Really Does Influence Education Outcomes (9/27/2012)

TC's Jeff Henig: Chicago Teachers' Strike Like Battles in Other Cities With Mayor-Controlled Schools (9/12/2012)

International Conference Will Examine Issues of Validity, Educational Assessment, Equity and Accountability (3/14/2012)

Henig: Charter Schools "Can Stir Opposition" From Public-School Loyalists (3/12/2012)

How Should Politics Influence Education Policy? (2/11/2012)

Bringing TC Together (12/20/2011)

Panel at Harvard to Dicuss Prof. Rebell's Proposal for Establishing Comprehensive Educational Opportunity as a Legal Right (9/27/2011)

TC's Jeff Henig Says Sophisticated Data Mining Can Help Guide Policy Decisions in Schools (7/26/2011)

What Do Teachers Want? (7/25/2011)

A Call for Education Schools to Reassert Themselves on National Policy Questions (6/8/2011)

TC Short Takes (6/1/2011)

American Schools Will Not Hit Proficiency Marks Unless They Attend to Nonschool Factors (5/25/2011)

Policy by Department (5/20/2011)

The Education Broker (5/20/2011)

Seven Alumni Honored at 2011 Academic Festival (5/4/2011)

The Best Policy (2/7/2011)

Bloomberg News Quotes Henig on NJ Governor Christie (1/24/2011)

TEACHERS COLLEGE CREATES EDUCATION POLICY DEPARTMENT (1/13/2011)

The Best Policy (1/13/2011)

TC's Henig Says Rhee Seen as "Divisive" (1/12/2011)

Dear Chancellor-Select: Not That You Asked Us, But... (11/20/2010)

2010-11: The Year of Research at TC (11/17/2010)

The State of the College: It's the Year of Research at TC (10/26/2010)

FACULTY AVAILABLE TO COMMENT ON NYC RELEASE OF TEACHER RATINGS (10/21/2010)

Waiting for Superman Screens at TC (10/13/2010)

TC Faculty: American Education Can't Wait for "Superman" (10/2/2010)

TC Faculty Still "Waiting for Superman" (9/20/2010)

Rebell, Henig Weigh In On Federal Teachers Jobs Bill (8/12/2010)

An AERA Trifecta (6/24/2010)

Jeffrey Henig and Edmund Gordon Honored at AERA (5/6/2010)

The Backlash against Charter Schools (3/15/2010)

Stanford study shows many city charters besting district schools (1/20/2010)

Educational Equity at the Village Level (8/6/2009)

Educational Equity at the Village Level (4/28/2009)

TC at AERA (4/21/2009)

TC's Henig Appears On Anderson Cooper 360 (2/1/2009)

Jeffrey Henig Analyzes Views of Education Secretary-designate (1/23/2009)

Debating the Future of U.S. Education (1/15/2009)

New York Professor Says KIPP Isn't a Magic Bullet; KIPP Founder Says, Hey You are Right (11/11/2008)

What's The Big Idea? (11/11/2008)

Different Schools of Thought (10/24/2008)

Welcoming a Diverse Class (10/10/2008)

KIPP Study Finds High Student Attrition Amid Big Learning Gains (9/24/2008)

Understanding Education Research: Tips, Tools and Advice for Journalists from Teachers College (8/11/2008)

When Universities Run Schools ... Into the Ground (7/8/2008)

Talking Past One Another [First Editions] (4/1/2008)

Henig Speaks Out on Research, Policymaking and the Press (2/8/2008)

Small Number of U.S. Schools Leaving Federal Money Behind (1/28/2008)

New Books from Teachers College Faculty (1/8/2008)

On Reading, Charters Outperform (5/29/2007)

Education Researchers and Policy Makers Still Not in Sync, Scholars Say (5/22/2007)

KIPP charter schools expanding in failure-filled industry (4/17/2007)

States Lax in Overseeing NCLB Tutoring (3/15/2007)

Climate of Controversy (12/12/2006)

Equity Symposium to Focus on NCLB at Midpoint (11/6/2006)

Little Applause for Idea of Privatizing Control Over Some City Public Schools (10/6/2006)

TC: America's Policy Mecca (9/18/2006 1:27:00 PM)

Opting out of Private School (9/15/2006 2:08:00 PM)

School Choice Popular, But Impact is Murky (4/10/2006)

The ABCs of Mayoral Control of Schools (2/27/2006)

D.C. Voucher Program Gets Mixed Reviews From Families (11/14/2005)

Glass Half Full (10/11/2005 2:44:00 PM)

It's Not Just Academic (10/11/2005)

Study Finds Big Gains For KIPP (8/16/2005)

Adding Muscle to the Mission: TC's New Office of Policy and Research (5/27/2005)

Research in 2004 (5/27/2005)

Democratic Focus May Shift with Test Score Gains (5/23/2005)

Everywhere and Nowhere (2/23/2005)

Everywhere and Nowhere (2/23/2005)

Everywhere and Nowhere (2/8/2005)

Un-Chartered Territory? (1/13/2005)

Charter Schools Can Be Big and Bureaucratic, Too, Study Finds: For-Profit Charters Often Replicate Size and Top-Down Decision-Making of Public Schools (12/21/2004)

2003 at Teachers College (8/31/2004)

Freedom of Choice (6/1/2004)

Diversity and Community Grant Recipients (2/24/2004)

Diversity and Community Grant Recipients (2/24/2004)

First National Commission on Choice in K-12 Education Urges More Funding for Charters and Vouchers, More Autonomy to Hire and Fire (2/24/2004)

Henig on NPR (12/19/2003 10:09:46 PM)

Henig on NPR (12/8/2003)

National Commission on Choice in K-12 Education Urges More Funding For Charters and Vouchers (11/26/2003)

Chartered Schools: Evaluation Strategies (10/8/2003)

Henig Comments on D.C. Charter Schools (6/19/2003)

Klein Reveals How He Chose Top Schools (2/14/2003)

Switching to Charter Schools May Get Florida School District More Than They Bargained For (1/27/2003)

TC Welcomes New Members to the Faculty (10/1/2002)

Working to Make Equity in Education a Reality (10/1/2002)

TC Expert Source Guide (1/1/1900)