Alumni (National Fellow)

Patrick McGuinn

National Fellow
B.A. Franklin & Marshall College (1993)
Ph.D. University of Virginia (2002)
Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
Professional Sector:
Dream Mentor:
Maris Vinovskis
University of Michigan
Fields of Interest:
American Political Development
Political Science


Patrick J. McGuinn is professor of political science and education at Drew University and a senior research specialist at the Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE). He holds a Ph.D. in government and a M.Ed. in education policy from the University of Virginia and has held fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, the Rockefeller Institute for Government, the Taubman Center for Public Policy at Brown University, and the Miller Center for Public Affairs. Patrick’s first book, No Child Left Behind and the Transformation of Federal Education Policy, 1965-2005, (Kansas, 2006) was honored as a Choice outstanding academic title. He is also the co-editor of The Convergence of K-12 and Higher Education: Policies and Programs in a Changing Era (Harvard Education Press, 2016) and Education Governance for the 21st Century: Overcoming the Structural Barriers to School Reform (Brookings Institution Press, 2013). Patrick has published many academic articles and book chapters and has produced policy reports for the Brookings Institution, the American Enterprise Institute, the Center for American Progress, the New America Foundation, and the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. He is a regular commentator on education policy and politics in media outlets and was recognized as one of the nation’s top Edu-Scholars by Education Week for the past eight years. He is a former high school social studies teacher and the father of four daughters in public school.

Thesis Description:

The Institutionalization of Federal Education Policy, 1965-2000

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