Jeffrey Henig
Professor of Political Science and Education


  • Politics

Jeffrey R. Henig is a professor of political science and education at Teachers College, Columbia University, where he currently serves as chair of the department of education policy and social analysis. He is also professor of political science at Columbia University. He is the author, coauthor or co-editor of 10 books, including “The Color of School Reform: Race, Politics and the Challenge of Urban Education” and “Building Civic Capacity: The Politics of Reforming Urban Schools.” Both works 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. In addition to general understanding of local politics and policy implementation, Henig has written extensively about charter schools and portfolio management models for school reform. His 2008 book, “Spin Cycle: How Research Gets Used in Policy Debates: The Case of Charter Schools,” won the American Educational Research Association’s Outstanding Book Award. His latest book, “The End of Exceptionalism in American Education: The Changing Politics of School Reform,” was published in January 2013.