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F. Chris Curran

Assistant Professor, Public Policy

Research Interests
Education policy; early childhood education; school discipline and safety; teacher labor markets; politics of education



In the News

Tracking public discourse on Twitter: UMBC Ed policy experts launch site to track public sentiment on Every Student Succeeds Act

Baltimore Sun op ed: “Improve Baltimore schools to attract families

Ph.D., Leadership and Policy Studies, Vanderbilt University Peabody College
M.A., Curriculum and Instruction, University of Mississippi
B.A., Philosophy, University of Florida
B.A., Biochemistry, University of Florida

Recent Publications

“Estimating the effect of state zero tolerance laws on exclusionary discipline, racial discipline gaps, and student behavior.” Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis (2016, vol 38, no 4).

“Facilitating the transition to kindergarten: What ECLS-K data tell us about school practices then and now,” with Michael H. Little and Lora Cohen-Vogel). AERA Open (August, 2016).

“The state of abstracts in educational research.” AERA Open (June 2016, vol 45, no 5).

“Understanding science achievement gaps by race/ethnicity and gender in kindergarten and first grade,” with Ann T. Kellogg. Educational Researcher (2016, vol 45, issue 5).

Toward understanding principals’ hiring practices,” with M. Engel. Journal of Educational Administration (2016, vol 54, no 2).

“Expanding downward: Innovation, diffusion, and state policy adoptions of universal preschool.” Education Policy Analysis Archives, (2015, vol 23, no 36).

“The effects of maternal depression on child outcomes during the first years of formal schooling,” with A. Claessens and M. Engel. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, (2015, vol 32, no 3, 80-93).

“Academic content, student learning, and the persistence of preschool effects,” with A. Claessens and M. Engel. American Educational Research Journal, (2015, vol 51, no 2, 403-434).

“New evidence on teacher labor supply,” with M. Engel and B. Jacob. American Educational Research Journal, (2014, vol 51, no. 1 36-72).

Experience and Honors
2015-2016 Emerging Education Policy Scholar, Thomas B. Fordham Institute and the American Enterprise Institute.

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