Jeffrey Henig

Jeffrey Henig

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Jeffrey R. Henig is Professor of Political Science and Education at Teachers College and Professor of Political Science at Columbia University. He has been elected a fellow of the American Educational Research Association and a member of the National Academy of Education.

Henig is the author, coauthor, or co-editor of twelve books, including The Color of School Reform: Race, Politics and the Challenge of Urban Education and Building Civic Capacity: The Politics of Reforming Urban Schools 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. His 2008 book Spin Cycle: How Research Gets Used in Policy Debates: The Case of Charter Schools won the American Educational Research Association’s Outstanding Book Award. With Rebecca Jacobsen and Sarah Reckhow, he is co-author of Outside Money in School Board Elections: The Nationalization of Education Politics, published in March 2019.

Professor Henig’s scholarly work on urban politics, racial politics, privatization, and school reform has appeared in such varied journals as American Journal of Education, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, Journal of Urban Affairs, Policy Sciences, Policy Studies Review, Political Research Quarterly, Political Science Quarterly, Social Science Quarterly, Urban Affairs Review. His writing on contemporary policy issues aimed at more general audiences have appeared in Education WeekThe Chronicle of Higher EducationBoston GlobeLA TimesWashington PostThe New York Times, and as guest posts on prominent education policy blogs.