Jeffrey R. Henig is a professor of political science and education at Teachers College and a professor of political science at Columbia University. Henig has worked with the Spencer Fellowship as a mentor and advisor since its inception in 2007.Henig’s scholarly interests revolve around the boundary between private action and public action in addressing social problems, including privatization, race and urban politics, the politics of urban education reform, and school choice.
He holds a B.A. from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Northwestern University in Illinois.
He is the author or coauthor of nine 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. Most recently, he is co-editor and contributor to Between Public and Private: Politics, Governance, and the New Portfolio Models for Urban School Reform (Harvard Education Press, 2010).