Matthew Lee

Matthew Lee is a Distinguished Doctoral Fellow and Research Assistant at the University of Arkansas, Department of Education Reform.

I graduated in 2011 from Davidson College in Davidson, NC with honors in Political Science. There, as part of the inaugural class of Fellows for the John and Lisa Chidsey Center for Leadership Development, I served as the Chair of the 2010 Talent Search Conference to work with gifted high school students who had ambitions of becoming first-generation college students to campus. Upon graduating, I received a fellowship to participate in the Roger Hertog Foundation Political Studies Program, which was directed at the time by John Walters, former Assistant to the Secretary of Education during the Reagan Administration.

I spent the next six years teaching US history and IB modern world history at Sturgis Charter Public School in Hyannis, MA. I worked with students outside the classroom as a coach, director of the jazz ensemble, and advisor to the Model United Nations club, which brought around 30 students each year to the National High School Model United Nations conference in New York City. Eventually, I served as the school’s Assistant Athletic Director and the Lead Teacher of the History department.

My time as a teacher caused me to think about a lot of questions. What role could technology play in the classroom? Were my students prepared for college? In what ways was I helping my students to grow and how could I be better serving them? I didn’t know the answers to these questions; more importantly, I didn’t know how to answer these questions.

I came to the Department of Education Reform at the University of Arkansas in 2017 to receive rigorous quantitative training from the outstanding faculty here to answer these and other important questions in education policy. I work closely with my advisor, Dr. Patrick Wolf on the School Choice Demonstration Project, and have begun to explore a range of other topics with my other professors.

 

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Matthew Lee

212 Graduate Education Building
College of Education and Health Professions
Fayetteville, AR 72701
mhl002@uark.edu

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University of Arkansas - Ph.D. in Education Policy (anticipated May 2023)

Davidson College - B.A. in Political Science (Cum Laude, Honors in Political Science)

School choice

Social studies

Classical education

Career and technical education

Civic outcomes

Lee, M. H. & Beck, M. I. Assessing the impact of Holocaust education on adolescents' civic values: Experimental evidence from Arkansas. Paper to be presented at the 44th Annual Conference of the Association for Education Finance and Policy, March 21-23, 2019, Kansas City, MO.

Wolf, P. J., Mills, J. N., Sude, Y., Holmes, H. E., & Lee, M. H. Intermediate results of the Louisiana Scholarship Program: Achievement, attainment, impact heterogeneity, & selection. Paper presented at the 7th Annual International School Choice and Reform Conference, January 10-13, 2019, Lisbon, Portugal.

Wolf, P. J., Mills, J. N., & Lee, M. H. Overall and heterogeneous achievement effects of the Louisiana Scholarship Program over time. Paper presented at the 40th Annaul Fall Research Conference of the Association for Public Policy & Management, November 8-10, 2018, Washington, D.C. Available at: https://appam.confex.com/appam/2018/webprogram/Paper28507.html.

Lee, M. H., Mills, J. N., & Wolf, P. J. Exploring effect heterogeneity in the Louisiana Scholarship Program. Paper presented at the 43rd Annual Conference of the Association for Education Finance and Policy, March 15-17, 2018, Portland, OR. Available at: https://aefpweb.org/sites/default/files/webform/Lee%20et%20al%202018%20LSP%20Hetero%20Fx%20v01%20AEFP.pdf

Lee, M. H. (2019). Review of Children at the center: Transforming early childhood education in the Boston Public Schools. Journal of School Choice. https://doi.org/10.1080/15582159.2019.1574332.

Lee, M. H. (2019). Who's using Act 173? Policy brief. Office for Education Policy, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR. Available at: http://www.officeforeducationpolicy.org/downloads/2019/02/16-3-act-173.pdf.

Exploring effect heterogeneity in the Louisiana Scholarship Program, with J. N. Mills & P. J. Wolf.

Systematic review of career and technical education research, with L. M. Anaya & G. W. Ritter.

Evaluation of the Arkansas Holocaust Education Conference, with M. I. Beck & J. P. Greene.

Racial integration in Northwest Arkansas charters, with S. C. McKenzie.

 

Exploring effect heterogeneity in the Louisiana Scholarship Program, with J. N. Mills & P. J. Wolf.

Systematic review of career and technical education research, with L. M. Anaya & G. W. Ritter.

Evaluation of the Arkansas Holocaust Education Conference, with M. I. Beck & J. P. Greene.

Racial integration in Northwest Arkansas charters, with S. C. McKenzie.

Lee, M. H. (2018). Freedom is central to civics. Providence Journal. Available at: https://www.providencejournal.com/opinion/20181220/my-turn-matthew-h-lee-freedom-is-central-to-civics.

Lee, M. H. (2018). Promote genuine discussion. Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Available at: https://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2018/oct/26/aid-students-more-20181026/.