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James P. Spillane
Northwestern University

James P. Spillane is the Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin professor in learning and organizational change at the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University. He is also professor of human development and social policy, professor of learning sciences, professor of management and organizations, and faculty associate at Northwestern’s Institute for Policy Research. Spillane has published extensively on issues of education policy, policy implementation, school reform, and school leadership. His work explores the policy implementation process at the state, district, school, and classroom levels, focusing on intergovernmental and policy-practice relations. He also studies organizational leadership and change, conceptualizing organizational leadership as a distributed practice. Recent projects include studies of relations between organizational infrastructure and instructional advice-seeking in schools and the socialization of new school principals. His work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Institute of Education Sciences and others, and he has written several books. In 2013 he was awarded the Ver Steeg Research Fellowship at Northwestern University.