Faculty

Daphna Bassock

Daphna
Bassok

Associate Professor of Education and Public Policy

Daphna Bassok is the Batten Bicentennial Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education at the University of Virginia and associate director of EdPolicyWorks, a collaboration between the School of Education and Human Development and the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. Her research focuses on early childhood education policy and efforts to improve early childhood education at scale, particularly policies aimed at supporting the early childhood education workforce.

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Benjamin Castleman

Benjamin
Castleman

Newton and Rita Meyers Associate Professor in the Economics of Education and Associate Professor of Public Policy

Ben Castleman is an associate professor of education and public policy at the Batten School and the founder and director of the Nudge4 Solutions Lab at UVA. His research focuses on policies to improve college access and success for low-income students. Several of his papers examine innovative strategies to deliver high-quality information about the college-going process to low-income students and their families, and to ease the process of students and families getting professional support when they need assistance

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Justin Kirkland

Justin
H.
Kirkland

Associate Professor of Politics and Public Policy
S162 Gibson Hall

Justin H. Kirkland is an associate professor of politics and public policy at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. His research focuses on understanding the relationship between public opinion and legislative behavior, institutional rules and legislative outcomes, and methods for analyzing legislative choices.

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Jennifer Lawless

Jennifer
Lawless

Leone Reaves and George W. Spicer Professor of Politics and Professor of Public Policy
264 Gibson Hall

Jennifer L. Lawless is the Leone Reaves and George W. Spicer Professor of Politics and professor of public policy at the University of Virginia and at the Batten School. Lawless is also a Senior Fellow at UVA's Miller Center. Her research focuses on political ambition, campaigns and elections, and media and politics.

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Craig Volden

Craig
Volden

Professor of Public Policy and Politics and Director of the Center for Effective Lawmaking

Craig Volden is a professor of public policy and politics, with appointments in the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy and the Woodrow Wilson Department of Politics. Volden is also the Co-Director of the Center for Effective Lawmaking. He studies legislative politics and the interaction among political institutions, including within American federalism. 

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Gerald Warburg

Gerald
Warburg

Professor of Practice of Public Policy
Garrett Hall 102

Gerry Warburg is a professor of practice of public policy at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. Prior to Batten, he worked with Congress for several decades, serving as a legislative assistant to members of leadership in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.

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James Wyckoff

James
H.
Wyckoff

Professor of Education and Public Policy; Director, Center on Education Policy and Workforce Competitiveness

Jim Wyckoff is a professor of education and public policy at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, the Curry Memorial Professor of Education and Policy, and the Director of EdPolicyWorks, a collaboration between the School of Education and Human Development and the Batten School. Wyckoff focuses on issues of teacher labor markets, teacher preparation, recruitment, assessment and retention. His current research examines how teacher assessment and evaluation systems influence the quality of teaching, especially in traditionally low performing classrooms. 

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