Education Reform Hosts Boston College Professor for Friday Lecture Series

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Michael Hartney of Boston College

Michael Hartney, Assistant Professor at Boston College, will speak at the U of A on Friday, October 22.

His talk is titled “Unmasked: How COVID-19 Revealed Painful Truths about America’s Schools” and will take place at noon in Peabody Hall, Room 307. The Friday Lecture Series is hosted by the U Department of Education Reform. of A College of Education and Health Professions.

Hartney joined Boston College’s Faculty of Political Science in the fall of 2017. Previously, he was an Assistant Professor of Politics at Lake Forest College. Hartney’s research and teaching interests include state and local governments, interest groups, and public policy.

His scholarship has been published in leading academic journals and his forthcoming book examines the causes and consequences of the political power of teacher unions in the United States.

Hartney teaches courses in educational policy, environmental policy and politics, and US state and local politics. He is also an Affiliate Researcher in Harvard University’s Program on Educational Policy and Governance. He is a National Fellow of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.

Prior to academia, Hartney worked as a policy analyst for the National Governors Association. He provided technical analysis to governors on a wide range of K-12 education reform issues, from the quality of teachers and principals to the overhaul of the high school. He holds a doctorate. in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame and a BA, also in Political Science, from Vanderbilt University.

Unless otherwise specified, all lectures will be held on Fridays at noon in the Graduate Studies Building, Room 343. Please ensure to confirm your attendance by 1:00 pm on the Wednesday preceding this week’s event.

The 2021-2022 lecture series and other information are available on the Department of Education Reform website.


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