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Richard Blissett, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Education Leadership Management and Policy

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Richard Blissett, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Education Leadership Management and Policy

Richard Blissett is an Assistant Professor of quantitative methods and education policy in the department of Education Leadership, Management, and Policy at Seton Hall University. His research primarily focuses on the attitudinal and behavioral dimensions of the politics of education policymaking. His current research agenda is comprised of three overlapping fields of study: (1) information, values, and attitudes, (2) democratic structures in education governance (particularly, school boards), and (3) advocacy and social movements. His work includes focus on: citizens' attitudes towards school choice and charter schools; student anti-racism campaigns; public school board member attitudes; school board elections; unions; and causal reasoning in policymaking. In the end, how can we, as citizens and change-makers, work to understand both our own and others' perspectives and work through conflicts in order to implement policies that do the most good?

His research methods are primarily quantitative with a focus on computational social science (including text analysis), particularly through R, Stata, SPSS, and Python. Educational materials and computational tools are listed on his website (below).

Richard holds a Ph.D. in Leadership and Policy Studies (with a minor in Quantitative Methods) from Peabody College at Vanderbilt University, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (with a minor in Computer Science) from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He received the Peabody Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Leadership award and was a fellow in the Cal Turner Program for Moral Leadership in the Profession. He was selected as part of the Education Policy Academy program by the American Enterprise Institute and returned later for their Emerging Education Policy Scholars program, which was co-sponsored by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute.

Visit www.rslblissett.com for a complete list of works and curriculum vitae.