Matthew Lee

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

Matt graduated in 2011 from Davidson College in Davidson, NC with honors in Political Science. There, as a Fellow for the John and Lisa Chidsey Center for Leadership Development, he served as the Chair of the 2010 Talent Search Conference. Upon graduating, he received a fellowship to participate in the Roger Hertog Foundation Political Studies Program. 

Matt spent the next six years teaching US history and IB modern world history at Sturgis Charter Public School in Hyannis, MA, eventually serving as the school's Assistant Athletic Director and Lead Teacher of the history department. 

His research interests include school choice, social studies, and faith and value formation.

 

 

Lee

Matthew Lee

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

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School choice

Social studies

Classical education

Career and technical education

Civic outcomes

Faith and value formation

Lee, M. H. & Beck, M. I. (March 25, 2019). Assessing the impact of Holocaust education on adolescents' civic values: Experimental evidence from Arkansas. EDRE Working Paper No. 2019-08. (Under review)

Lee, M. H., Mills, J. N., Wolf, P. J. (April 23, 2019). Heterogeneous impacts across schools in the first four years of the Louisiana Scholarship Program. EDRE Working Paper No. 2019-11. (Under review)

Beck, M. I., Lee, M. H., Coady, E. C., & Paul, J. D. A Mixed Methods Study of Holocaust Education. Paper to be presented at the 45th Annual Conference of the Association for Education Finance and Policy, March 19-21, Fort Worth, TX.

Lee, M. H., Mills, J. N., & Wolf, P. J. Heterogeneous achievement effects in the Louisiana Scholarship Program. Paper presented at the 8th Annual International School Choice and Reform Conference, January 17-20, 2020, Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Erickson, H. H., Lee, M. H., Mills, J. N., & Wolf, P. J. The effects of the Louisiana Scholarship Program after four years on student achievement and college entrance. Paper to be presented at the 41st Annaul Fall Research Conference of the Association for Public Policy & Management, November 7-9, 2019, Denver, CO.

Lee, M. H. & Beck, M. I. Assessing the impact of Holocaust education on adolescents' civic values: Experimental evidence from Arkansas. Paper 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. 

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. 

Book Reviews

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

 

Policy Reports

Lee, M. H. & McKenzie, S. C. (2020). Charter schools in northwest Arkansas: Patterns of enrollment and characteristics of student movers. Arkansas Education Report, 17(3). Available here

Lee, M. H. & McKenzie, S. C. (2020). Enrollment trends in northwest Arkansas charter schools (Policy Brief). Available here

Lee, M. H. (2019). Who's using Act 173? Policy brief. Office for Education Policy, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR. Available here

Wolf, P. J., Mills, J. N., Sude, Y., Erickson, H. H., & Lee, M. H. (2019). How has the Louisiana Scholarship Program affected students? A comprehensive summary of effects after four years (Policy Brief). Fayetteville: University of Arkansas, Department of Education Reform. Available here

 

Editorials

Lee, M. H. & Beck, M. I. (2019). Must bear witness: Studying the Holocaust. Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Lee, M. H. (2019). Northwest Arkansas, Haas Hall show growth in diversity. Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Lee, M. H. (2018). Freedom is central to civics. Providence Journal

Lee, M. H. (2018). Promote genuine discussion. Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Exploring effect heterogeneity in the Louisiana Scholarship Program, with J. N. Mills & P. J. Wolf.
We explore effect heterogeneity in student achievement in the first two years of the Louisiana Scholarship Program by examining how school characteristics may have mediated student outcomes. Using data from the Louisiana Department of Education with data from the Private School Universe Survey, school websites, and Great Schools reviews, we examine how LSP impacts varied across 14 measures of school quality, school resources, instructional time, and school culture or mission.

Systematic review of career and technical education research, with E. E. Coady & G. W. Ritter.
We review the experimental and quasi-experimental literature on the effects of career and technical education on student achievement, attainment, and employment outcomes.

Evaluation of the Arkansas Holocaust Education Conference, with M. I. Beck, E. E. Coady & J. D. Paul.
We conduct a field experiment to experimentally study the potential benefits of Holocaust education programming on students’ knowledge of the Holocaust and four measures of civic values: upstander efficacy, civil disobedience, empathy, and tolerance. We also use qualitative research methods to gain a better understanding of the students’ experience at the conference.

Syllabus audit of principal preparation programs, with A. Cheng & J. Eckert.

We examine syllabi of principal preparation programs at a nationally-representative sample of public, private nonsectarian, private Protestant, and private Catholic postsecondary institutions to identify differences in course content, philosophical/ideological perspectives, and skills covered.

Humane Studies Fellowship, Institute for Humane Studies, $3,000, 2020-21

Chancellor's Fund for Fine Arts and Humanities, University of Arkansas, $15,000, 2020-

Distinguished Doctoral Fellowship, University of Arkansas, $22,000/year, 2017-19