Associate Professor of Public Policy and Education, Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations
Director of the M.P.P. Program, Education Policy
Professor Grissom's research uses large data sets and draws on the perspectives of political science, public administration, and economics to study the governance of K-12 education, including both its leadership/management and political dimensions. He is particularly interested in identifying the impacts of school and district leaders on teacher and student outcomes and has conducted research on principal effectiveness, human capital decision-making in schools, school board governance, and turnover among teachers, principals, and superintendents. He has also published a stream of articles on the implications of the race and gender composition of the public education workforce and the public bureaucracy more generally for the distribution of resources and outcomes among diverse groups. His work has appeared in such outlets as American Educational Research Journal, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, Educational Researcher, Education Finance and Policy, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Journal of Politics, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Public Administration Review, and Teachers College Record.
He currently serves as Associate Editor of Educational Researcher and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Association for Education Finance and Policy. Professor Grissom has current research projects funded by the Institute of Education Sciences, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Wallace Foundation. He holds a M.A. in Education Policy and a Ph.D. in Political Economics from Stanford University.