Jay Phillip Greene

Jay Phillip Greene

Department Head

Endowed Chair

College of Education and Health Professions

(EDRE)-Education Reform

Phone: 479-575-3172

Fax: (479) 575-3196

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Jay P. Greene is Distinguished Professor and Head of the Department of Education Reform at the University of Arkansas. Greene’s current areas of research interest include school choice, culturally enriching field trips, and the effect of schools on non-cognitive and civic values.  He is also known for his work to improve the accurate reporting of high school graduation rates, address financial incentives in special education, and the use of standardized tests to curb social promotion.

His research was cited four times in the Supreme Court’s opinions in the landmark Zelman v. Simmons-Harris case on school vouchers. His articles have appeared in a variety of academic journals, including Education Finance and Policy, Economics of Education Review, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, Educational Researcher, and Sociology of Education.

Greene has been a professor of government at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Houston. He received his B.A. in history from Tufts University in 1988 and his Ph.D. from the Government Department at Harvard University in 1995. 

Harvard University, Cambridge Massachusetts,

  • Ph.D. in Political Science in June 1995
  • A.M. in Political Science in November 1991

Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts,

  • B.A. in History, Summa Cum Laude in May, 1988

(For full listing see attached CV above)



  • Guest Editor, Peabody Journal of Education, Volume 82, Issue 4, 2007.
  • Contributing Editor, Education Next, 2001 – Present.





  • University of Arkansas, Department Head and 21st Century Chair in Education Reform, August 2005 – present
  • The Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, Senior Fellow, January 2000 – August 2005
  • University of Texas at Austin, Assistant Professor, July 1997 – May 2001
  • University of Houston, Assistant Professor, July 1994 – July 1997
  • Outstanding Research Award, College of Education and Health Professions, University of Arkansas, 2008, 2012, 2017
  • Presidential Appointment as a Trustee for the James Madison Memorial Foundation, 2003
  • Distinguished Teaching Award, Harvard University, 1994
  • Mellon Dissertation Completion Grant, 1993
  • Harvard MacArthur Fellowship, 1991-92
  • Marshall Scholarship, 1988 – 90 (declined)
  • Truman Scholarship, 1986 – 90
  • National Endowment for the Humanities, Younger Scholars Research Grant, 1987
  • Truman Library Research Grant, 1987
  • National Merit Scholarship, 1984 – 88


(Total Externally Funded Projects 2005-17 -- $8.2 million)

  • Principal Investigator, National Endowment for the Arts Research Lab ($150,000, 2017-2019)
  • Principal Investigator, Crystal Bridges School Partnership Evaluation ($1.8 million, 2017-2028)
  • Co-Principal Investigator, School Choice Demonstration Project ($5.75 million, 2005-09)
  • Principal Investigator, School Quality Matrix, ($240,000, 2009-11)
  • Principal Investigator, Most Promising Ideas for Education Reform, ($120,000, 2006-07)
  • Principal Investigator, Education Working Paper Archive, ($100,000, 2005-07)
  • Principal Investigator, Lecture Series, ($25,000, 2006-08)