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F. Chris Curran, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the UMBC School of Public Policy.  He conducts research on school discipline/safety, early childhood education, and teacher labor markets.  His recent work has appeared in outlets such as Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis and Educational Researcher.  He has contributed pieces to national outlets such as The Conversation, and his research has been featured in The New York Times, Education Week, and the Baltimore Sun among others.  He holds a doctorate in leadership and policy studies with a doctoral minor in quantitative methods from Vanderbilt University.  In addition, he holds a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from The University of Mississippi and bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy and Biochemistry from The University of Florida. He also has prior experience as a middle school science teacher and department chair. More on his work can be found at

Current Graduate Research Assistants:

James Kitchin, MA. is a Graduate Research Assistant at the UMBC School of Public Policy where he is pursuing a PhD in Public Policy.  James’ research interests center on issues of immigration and its intersection with education. James has experience as a high school teacher in an international context.  After graduation, he plans to pursue a career in policy research.

Former Graduate Research Assistants:

Ann T.  Kellogg was a Graduate Research Assistant at the UMBC School of Public Policy working with Dr. Curran.  She has experience within the postsecondary education sector in the areas of academic operations, accreditation, and regulatory compliance.  Her research interests include federal and state postsecondary education policy related to performance funding, college access and affordability, and state longitudinal data systems.  She now works for the Maryland Longitudinal Data Center.


Current collaborators include:
Benjamin W. Fisher, University of Louisville
Samantha Viano, George Mason University
Joseph Gardella, Xavier University
Alvin Pearman, University of Pittsburgh