Jay P. Greene, Ph.D., Joins Heritage Foundation as Senior Research Fellow in Education Policy

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Jay P. Greene, Ph.D., Joins Heritage Foundation as Senior Research Fellow in Education Policy

Jun 7, 2021 2 min read

WASHINGTON—The Heritage Foundation announced today that Jay P. Greene, Ph.D., will join the organization as Senior Research Fellow in its Center for Education Policy.

Greene comes to Heritage from the University of Arkansas, where he served as Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Education Reform, which he founded and led for 16 years.

He is one of the country’s leading experts on education policy, with highly influential research on a broad range of topics—from the effects of expanding school choice and how education shapes character and values to the misuse of social science research in policy debates. In addition to authoring dozens of publications in peer-reviewed journals and writing or editing four books, including the best-selling Education Myths, Greene’s research on school choice was also cited four times in the Supreme Court’s landmark case, Zelman v. Simmons-Harris.

“We are delighted that Dr. Greene is joining the Heritage team. He is one of the country’s leading experts on education policy and on creating educational experiences for children that inspire their love of learning,” said Heritage Foundation President Kay C. James. “He will be a terrific complement to our nationally renowned education policy team at Heritage.”

At Heritage, Greene will conduct and disseminate research on the key issues facing education today, including the cultural, civic, and economic implications of how education systems are designed and implemented.

“It is an honor to welcome Dr. Greene to our Center for Education Policy,” said Lindsey Burke, Ph.D., director of Heritage’s Center for Education Policy.

“Jay has taught and inspired a generation of education scholars and his thought leadership, particularly in the area of school choice, has helped shape a movement to enable family-centered, free-market education. I have looked-up to and learned from Jay for years, as have so many others we work with in education policy. Heritage—and education policy broadly—will benefit greatly from having his voice and scholarship at the nation’s leading conservative public policy foundation.”

“I am excited to be joining the impressive team that Lindsey has assembled in the Center for Education Policy at the Heritage Foundation,” Greene said. “Together, I think we can have enormous influence on the education policy discussion to address the role of families and communities in conveying their values to their children, expanding opportunity, and strengthening civic life.”

Greene received his B.A. in history from Tufts University and earned his Ph.D. in government from Harvard University.

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