Paul Manna


  • Accountability
  • Leadership and governance
  • No Child Left Behind
  • Research and methodology
  • School choice
  • State policy

Paul Manna is the Paul R. Verkuil associate professor of public policy and associate professor of government at the College of William & Mary. His research and teaching center on policy implementation, federalism, bureaucracy and applied research methods. He is the author of “School’s In: Federalism and the National Education Agenda,” which examines the evolving relationship between federal and state education policy since the 1960s, and “Collision Course: Federal Education Policy Meets State and Local Realities,” which assesses No Child Left Behind’s implementation from 2002 to 2009, early Obama administration initiatives, and potential future directions for federal policy.  His latest book, co-edited with Patrick McGuinn of Drew University, is “Education Governance for the Twenty-First Century: Overcoming the Structural Barriers to School Reform.” After graduating with his bachelor’s degree in political science from Northwestern University, Manna taught social studies in his hometown public high school for three years before earning his master’s and doctorate in political science from the University of Wisconsin.