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

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Jeffrey Henig is a professor of political science and education at Teachers College and a professor of political science at Columbia University. He is author, coauthor, or coeditor of eleven 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) focuses on the controversy surrounding the charter school study by the American Federation of Teachers and its implications for understanding politics, politicization, and the use of research to inform public discourse; it won the American Educational Research Association's (AERA) Outstanding Book Award, 2010. His most recent books are The End of Exceptionalism in American Education (Harvard Education Press , 2013) and, co-authored with Rebecca Jacobsen and Sarah Reckhow, Outside Money in School Board Elections: The Nationalization of Education Politics (Harvard Education Press , 2019).

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