Ashley Jochim is a principal at the Center on Reinventing Public Education, where her research focuses on identifying opportunities and obstacles to addressing systemic challenges in K-12 schools. A political scientist by training, Ashley is an expert on education governance, the politics of education policy, and the unexpected challenges that come with translating good ideas into practice. She’s conducted research on state education agencies, K-12 accountability, Common Core standards, personalized learning, school choice, district reform efforts, and most recently, the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
She is a coauthor (with Paul Hill) of a book on education governance (University of Chicago Press, 2014), as well as many research reports, blogs, and op-eds. Her academic research can be found in the Policy Studies Journal, Publius, Politics and Governance, and Political Research Quarterly, as well as numerous edited volumes, including the Handbook of School Choice and the Oxford Handbook of American Bureaucracy.
Prior to working at CRPE, she was a graduate fellow at the Center for American Politics and Public Policy at the University of Washington, as well as a research analyst at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights. Ashley holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and psychology and a PhD in political science, both from the University of Washington.