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Walker A. Swain

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

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

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Areas of Expertise

  • Social Policy
  • Teacher Policy
  • School Choice
  • Poverty & Inequality
  • Quantitative Methods

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Walker Swain is an interdisciplinary quantitative policy researcher focused on issues of educational equity, poverty, and inequality. His recent work has examined intersections of education and health, teacher policy, early childhood education, neighborhood change, and school choice.

His research has been published in academic journals, such as Sociology of Education, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, the Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness, AERA Open, and Human Nature. Media coverage of his research includes The Atlantic, Education Week, NPR, The Social Pages, and Black Enterprise.

He is also a former middle school science teacher and basketball coach. Swain holds a B.A. in political science and biology from UNC-Chapel Hill, an M.A. in teaching from the University of Louisville, a Master's Degree in public policy from Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy, and a PhD in leadership and policy studies from Vanderbilt University's Peabody College of Education and Human Development.


Degree Concentration Institution Year
PhD Leadership & Policy Studies Vanderbilt University 2017
MPP Public Policy Duke University 2012
MAT Science Instruction University of Louisville 2009
BA Political Science & Biology University of North Carolina 2006