Jeff Snyder is a Dean's Scholar in the Educational Policy doctoral program. Prior to coming to MSU, Jeff earned his BA in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his MPA with a concentration in social policy from Cornell University, where he earned Pi Alpha Alpha National Honors Society distinction. Between his time at UW-Madison and Cornell, Jeff worked on various social justice issues including coordinating grassroots advocacy for a film dealing with unethical pharmaceutical marketing practices. He also worked in the policy department of a non-profit litigating against states not fulfilling their legal obligation to provide safe and effective foster care.
Jeff's primary research interests surround the politics of education and the ways in which different governance systems influence education policy and reforms. Other interests include the ways accountability policies impact parents and the broader public, community influence on education reform, and the roles outside-of-school actors (i.e. philanthropies) play in education.