Professor and 21st Century Chair in School Choice
201 Graduate Education Building
Department of Education Reform
College of Education and Health Professions
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Phone: (479) 575-2084
FAX: (479) 575-3196
Dr. Patrick J. Wolf is Distinguished Professor of Education Policy and 21st Century Endowed Chair in School Choice in the Department of Education Reform at the University of Arkansas College of Education and Health Professions. He previously taught at Columbia and Georgetown University. Wolf has worked as a pizza deliverer, a state government administrator, an advocate for people with hearing impairments, and a janitor’s assistant, though not necessary in that order. As principal investigator of the School Choice Demonstration Project he has led or is leading major studies of school choice initiatives including longitudinal evaluations of school voucher programs in Washington, DC; Milwaukee, WI; and the state of Louisiana. Research projects led or co-led by Dr. Wolf have been awarded 34 research grants and contracts totaling nearly $22 million. He has authored, co-authored, or co-edited four books and over 120 journal articles, book chapters, and policy reports on school choice, civic values, special education, public management, and campaign finance. Most of his school choice research is available at http://www.uaedreform.org/school-choice-demonstration-project/.
Dr. Wolf has testified before committees of the U.S. Congress five times and before committees of state legislatures 18 times. He has been interviewed on National Public Radio or state-affiliated Public Radio eight times. His school choice research has been discussed on ABC World News Tonight, the CNN Morning Show, MSNBC, Fox News Special Report, The News Hour, CSPAN, ABC’s Larry Elders Radio Show, The New Republic, US News and World Report, The Economist, The Atlantic, Washington Monthly, The Daily Caller, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Lingua Franca, The New York Times Review of Books, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Education Week, The International Herald Tribune, The Sunday Times of London, The New York Sun, The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, The Houston Chronicle, The New Orleans Times-Picayune, The St. Paul Pioneer Press, The St. Cloud Daily Times, The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and many other media venues. Education Week consistently ranks him among the most influential education policy academics.
His 1997 article on Reinventing Government won the national Best Article Award of the Academy of Management, Division on Public and Nonprofit Management. He received the Significant Research Award of the University of Arkansas College of Education and Health Professions in 2011 and was one of the 10 Most Outstanding Faculty Members at the University of Arkansas in 2016. His papers have won prizes at the 2015 Global Home Education Conference in 2015 and the International School Choice & Reform Conference in 2017. A 1987 graduate of the University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, MN), he received his Ph.D. in Government (political science) from Harvard University in 1995.
- 1995 Ph.D. Harvard University, Political Science
- 1993 A.M. Harvard University, Political Science
- 1987 B.A. University of St. Thomas, St. Paul MN, Political Science and Philosophy, Summa Cum Laude
- 2014- Distinguished Professor and 21st Century Endowed Chair in School Choice, Education Reform, University of
- 2006-2014 Professor and 21st Century Chair in School Choice, Education Reform, University of Arkansas
- 2004-2006 Associate Professor, Public Policy, Georgetown University
- 1998-2004 Assistant Professor, Public Policy, Georgetown University
- 1998-2001 Guest Lecturer, Defense Leadership and Management Program, U.S. Department of Defense
- 1995-1998 Assistant Professor, Political Science and Public Affairs, Columbia University
- 1994-1995 Lecturer, Political Science and Public Affairs, Columbia University