James R. Harrington
Assistant Professor of Public Affairs
The University of Texas at Dallas

School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences

Curriculum Vita

Revised: August 2013
Contact Information:
The University of Texas at Dallas
School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences
800 West Campbell Road
Office – Green Hall GR 2.820
Richardson, TX 75080-3021

Email: james.harrington -at- utdallas.edu
Phone: 972-883-3513

Appointments:
Assistant Professor, The University of Texas at Dallas, 2013 to Present

Education:

PhD, University of Missouri, Truman School of Public Affairs, Public Affairs, 2013
MPA, University of Missouri, Truman School of Public Affairs, Public Affairs, 2009
BA, Truman State University, 2005

Areas of Specialization:

Accountability Reforms, Performance Management, Performance Data Usage, Policy Evaluation, and Education Governance

Published Papers:
2013 Local Legislative Professionalism (with Jason Grissom). American Politics Research, 41(3): 76-98. [link]
2010 Investing in Administrator Efficacy: An Examination of Professional Development as a Tool for Enhancing Principal Effectiveness (with Jason Grissom). American Journal of Education, 116(4): 583-612. [link]

Select Policy Memos:
2010 “Teacher Turnover in Missouri: Evidence from Administrative Data” (with Jason Grissom), Missouri P-20 Education Policy Research Center. [link]
2009 “What Missouri Thinks: An Examination of Public Attitudes” (with David Konisky), Institute of Public Policy, Publication 08-2009. [link]

Working Papers:

"Using Performance Under Pressure"
“Estimating the Effects of No Child Left Behind on Teachers’ Work Environments and Job Attitudes” (with Jason Grissom and Sean Nicholson-Crotty)
“Examining Brain Drain: A Regression Discontinuity of the Bright Flight Program” (with Jose Munoz and Mark Ehlert)
"Democratization and Diversion: The Effects of Missouri's A+ Program on Postsecondary  Enrollment (with Jose Munoz)
"Where Are The Science Teachers? The Unintended Consequences of NCLB on Teacher Labor Markets in Rural School Districts"
“Relevance and Resources: Performance Information Use in the Public Sector”  (with Sean Nicholson-Crotty)

Research Experience:

2009-2013  Economic Research and Policy Analysis Center, University of Missouri - Graduate Research Assistant
2007-2009  Institute of Public Policy, University of Missouri - Graduate Research Assistant
2007-2013  Truman School of Public Affairs  University of Missouri - Graduate Research Assistant

Teaching Experience:
University of Texas at Dallas
 PA 7330  Research Design in Public Affairs, Fall 2013
 PA 6300 Quality and Productivity Improvement in Government, Fall 2013
 PA 7381  Spec Topics in Public Affairs: Education Policy, Spring 2014

University of Missouri (Truman School of Public Affairs)
 Math Review for MPA Students (graduate), Fall 2009 and Fall 2010
 PA 8190 Economic Analysis for Public Affairs (served as TA), Spring 2013