Harvard Educational Review
  1. Spring 2023 Issue »

    Public Goods, Private Goods, and School Preferences

    Leslie K. Finger and David M. Houston
    In this research article, Leslie K. Finger and David M. Houston explore how different ideas about the objectives of education can influence families’ schooling preferences and choices. For their study they employed a conjoint experiment embedded in an online survey to examine participants’ preferences for various school characteristics, including distance from home, academic performance as measured by test scores, and the racial/ethnic and economic makeup of the student body. Their evidence suggests a pattern of school choices that could contribute to racial/ethnic segregation.
    Leslie K. Finger (https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7843-5256) is an assistant professor of political science at the University of North Texas. Her research focuses on education politics, interest groups, and state and local politics. Her work has appeared in Governance, Perspectives on Politics, Policy Studies Journal, State Politics & Policy Quarterly, and Interest Groups & Advocacy. Finger is the cofounder of the American Political Science Association’s Education Politics and Policy Section, serving as president from 2021 to 2022. She received the Charles Sumner Dissertation Prize from the Harvard University’s Department of Government in 2018 for her dissertation “Group Power and Policy Change in Education.”

    David M. Houston (https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1927-252X) is an assistant professor of education policy at George Mason University. His research interests include public opinion on education issues, measuring school quality, school segregation, and school board elections. His scholarship has appeared in such journals as the American Journal of Education, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, and Educational Researcher. Before pursuing his doctorate, Houston taught first and second grades in New York City.
  2. Spring 2023 Issue


    The Feminist Teacher’s Dilemma
    Faculty Labor and the Culture of Sexual Violence in Higher Education
    Stephanie R. Larson
    Global Flows and Critical Cosmopolitanism
    A Longitudinal Case Study
    Catherine Compton-Lilly and Margaret R. Hawkins
    Public Goods, Private Goods, and School Preferences
    Leslie K. Finger and David M. Houston
    Norms of Convivencia as Practices of Abjection
    Saving the Nation by Saving the Muslim Girl
    Belén Hernando-Lloréns
    Distracting, Erasing, and Othering
    A Critical Analysis of the Teachers Pay Teachers’ Teach for Justice Collection
    Katy Swalwell, Noreen Naseem Rodríguez, Amy Updegraff, and Leslie Ann Winters

    Book Notes

    Cancel Wars
    Sigal R. Ben-Porath

    Algorithms of Education
    Kalervo N. Gulson, Sam Sellar, and P. Taylor Webb

    Right Where We Belong
    Sarah Dryden-Peterson