Politics and Education

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The Politics and Education program prepares students for careers as education policy leaders at the local, state and national levels, or to pursue advanced work in doctoral programs in education policy, political science, or public policy. Graduates of this program secure positions as policy advisors and researchers for government agencies, foundations and various private agencies committed to looking at and developing policies for the field of education.

Schools represent a powerful instrument for shaping the development of future generations of citizens and workers as well as an important source of jobs and investment in many communities. Coursework focuses on how societies handle conflicting visions of what schools should and should not be doing, and what specific changes in political and governance processes might facilitate better decision-making and policy implementation.

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The 33-credit M.A. program includes coursework in political science and general foundation courses in education in addition to study in qualitative and quantitative research methods. Students choose a concentration to focus on a set of political debates in education or a particular political arena in consultation with an assigned advisor.

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The 60-credit Ed.M. program includes advanced coursework in political science and general foundation courses in education in addition to study in qualitative and quantitative research methods. Students choose a concentration to focus on a set of political debates in education or a particular political arena in consultation with an assigned advisor.

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The 75-credit Ph.D. program prepares students to conduct original and rigorous research relating to education policy and the political conditions that facilitate its adoption, implementation, and sustainability. Graduates of this program secure positions as professors within political science, public policy, and education departments at various types of four year institutions; as researchers in think tanks and private research organizations; and in government agencies with research and policy missions.

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Student & Alumni Profiles


Sayu Bhojwani
Ph.D. 2014

Founder and President, The New American Leaders Project, New York.

Sayu Bhojwani recruits and supports first and second generation Americans to run for public office. She served as New York City’s first Commissioner of Immigrant Affairs and is the founder of South Asian Youth Action, a community-based organization in Queens. Since 2010, she has served as Founder and President of the New American Leaders Project, which is based in New York City. Her work to build a more inclusive democracy has been featured in The Wall Street Journal and in The New York Times. Sayu has shared her personal journey in the National Journal and contributes frequently to the Huffington Post and Medium.  Sayu earned a Ph.D. in Politics and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University in 2014, where her research focused on immigrant political participation.  She is a Visiting Scholar at the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University and lives in New York City with her husband and daughter. Follow her on Twitter @SayuBhojwani

 

David Houston
Ph.D. 2018

Politics and Education Program 
Teachers College, Columbia University, Ph.D. 2018.  

David M. Houston is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government. He studies public opinion and the politics of education. He received his Ph.D. in Politics and Education in 2018. Before pursuing his doctorate, he taught first and second grade in New York City.

Research, Teaching, and CV:
https://sites.google.com/view/david-houston

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