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Michael Hartney

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Michael T. Hartney is a faculty member in the department of political science at Boston College and an adjunct fellow at the Manhattan Institute. His scholarly expertise is in American politics and policy with a particular focus on state and local governments, interest groups (especially public sector unions), and K–12 education policy. Hartney’s work has been published in leading academic peer-reviewed journals such as the American Journal of Political Science, American Political Science Review, Perspectives on Politics, and Public Administration Review and has garnered media coverage from the Economist, New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal.

In 2022, the University of Chicago Press will publish his first book, How Policies Make Interest Groups: Governments, Unions, and American Education. The monograph examines the rise of teachers unions to their current place of status and influence in US public education, detailing how state and local governments adopted favorable policies and practices that subsidized—and in turn strengthened—the power of teachers unions in American politics.

Prior to his academic career, Hartney worked as a policy analyst for the National Governors Association, where he provided technical analysis to governors on a wide range of education reform issues, from teacher and principal quality to high school redesign. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Notre Dame and a bachelor’s degree, also in political science, from Vanderbilt University.

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