Patrick McGuinn
Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Political Science


  • Common Core
  • History of education
  • No Child Left Behind
  • Politics
  • Teacher evaluation
  • Tenure

Patrick McGuinn is associate professor of political science and education and chair of the political science department at Drew University. McGuinn’s first book, “No Child Left Behind and the Transformation of Federal Education Policy, 1965-2005,” published in 2006, was honored as a Choice outstanding academic title. He is also the editor with Paul Manna of “Education Governance for the 21st Century: Overcoming the Structural Barriers to School Reform,” published by Brookings in 2013. McGuinn has published many academic articles and book chapters and has produced a number of policy reports for the Brookings Institution, the American Enterprise Institute, the Center for American Progress, and the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. He is a regular commentator on education policy and politics in media outlets such as Education Week, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the NJ Star Ledger and was ranked in the top 100 of the Education Week edu-scholar rankings for the past three years. He is a former high school social studies teacher. He holds a doctorate in government and a master’s degree in education with a focus on education policy from the University of Virginia.