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Richard Blissett

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Lifelong Education, Administration, and Policy

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River's Crossing
850 College Station Road
Athens, Georgia 30602

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Dr. Blissett 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 foci 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. See his personal webpage page for educational materials and computational tools.


Degree Concentration Institution Year
Ph.D. Education Leadership and Policy Studies Vanderbilt University 2017
B.S. Bioinformatics and Computational Biology University of Maryland, Baltimore County 2011