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Frederick M. Hess

Frederick M. Hess, the American Enterprise Institute’s director of education policy studies, is an educator, political scientist, and author. At AEI, Mr. Hess studies a range of K-12 and higher education issues. He is author of the Education Week blog “Rick Hess Straight Up” and of influential books including Education Unbound, Common Sense School Reform, Revolution at the Margins, and Spinning Wheels.

His work can be seen in scholarly and more popular outlets, such as Teacher College Record, Harvard Education Review, Social Science Quarterly, Urban Affairs Review, Chronicle of Higher Education, U.S. News & World Report, Washington Post, and National Review.

He serves as executive editor of Education Next, on the Review Board for the Broad Prize in Urban Education, and on the Boards of Directors for the National Association of Charter School Authorizers and the American Board for the Certification of Teaching Excellence.

A former high school social studies teacher who has taught at the University of Virginia, the University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown University, Rice University, and Harvard University, he holds his M.Ed. in Teaching and Curriculum and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University.

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