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Hess, Frederick

Resident Scholar and Director of Education Policy Studies, American Interprise Institute


An educator, political scientist, and author, Frederick M. Hess studies a range of K-12 and higher education issues. In addition to his new Education Week blog “Rick Hess Straight Up,” he is the author of many influential books on education including Education UnboundCommon Sense School Reform,Revolution at the Margins, and Spinning Wheels. His work can be seen in scholarly and popular outlets ranging from Teacher College RecordHarvard Education ReviewSocial Science QuarterlyUrban Affairs Review, and Chronicle of Higher Education, to U.S. News & World ReportThe Washington Post, andNational Review. Hess also serves as executive editor of Education Next, on the Review Board for the Broad Prize in Urban Education, and on the Boards of Directors of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers and the American Board for the Certification of Teaching Excellence. A former high school social studies teacher, he has taught at the University of Virginia, the University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown University, Rice University, and Harvard University. He holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University as well as an M.Ed. in Teaching and Curriculum.