College of Education and Health Professions

Patrick Wolf, Ph.D., Endowed Chair in School Choice

Patrick Wolf, Ph.D.

Endowed Chair in School Choice
Education Reform

219 Graduate Education Building
Phone: 479-575-2084
FAX: 479-575-3196


  • 1995 Ph.D. Harvard University, Political Science
  • 1993 A.M. Harvard University, Political Science
  • 1987 B.A. University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN, Political Science and Philosophy, Summa Cum Laude

Professional Biography:

Dr. Patrick J. Wolf is Professor and 21st Century Endowed Chair in School Choice in the Department of Education Reform at the University of Arkansas College of Education and Health Professions. Previously, he taught at Georgetown and Columbia University. As principal investigator of the School Choice Demonstration Project, he is leading the impact evaluation of the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program through a contract with the U.S. Department of Education (subcontract with Westat) and is overseeing a national research team conducting an independent longitudinal multi-method evaluation of the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program. Dr. Wolf has authored, co-authored, or co-edited three books, 28 policy reports, and 34 articles and book chapters on school choice, civic values, special education, public management, and campaign finance. His 1997 article on Reinventing Government won the national “Best Article Award” of the Academy of Management, Division on Public and Nonprofit Management. A 1987 graduate of the University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, MN), he received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard University in 1995.

Faculty Positions
  • 2006- Professor and 21st Century Chair in School Choice, Education Reform, University of Arkansas
  • 2004-2006 Associate Professor, Public Policy, Georgetown University
  • 1998-2004 Assistant Professor, Public Policy, Georgetown University
  • 1998-2001 Guest Lecturer, Defense Leadership & Management Program, U.S. Department of Defense
  • 1995-1998 Assistant Professor, Political Science and Public Affairs, Columbia University
  • 1994-1995 Lecturer, Political Science and Public Affairs, Columbia University

Academic Interests and Accomplishments:

  • Significant Research Award, University of Arkansas College of Education and Health Professions, 2011
  • Member of the Editorial Board, Journal of School Choice, 2007
  • Member, New Citizenship Working Group, American Enterprise Institute, 2010
  • Section Head, Public Administration, Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL, April 12-15, 2007
  • Senior Editor, Education Working Paper Archives, University of Arkansas, 2006
  • Book Review Editor, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 2001-2008
  • Newsletter Editor, Public Administration Section, American Political Science Association, 2001-04
  • Member, Executive Committee of the Public Administration Division, American Political Science Association, 1999-2002;
  • Best Article Award, Academy of Management, Division on Public and Nonprofit Management, 1997-98
  • Mellon Graduate Fellow, Harvard University, 1993-94
  • Jacob Javits Graduate Fellow, U.S. Department of Education, 1989-93
  • Vice-President, Delta Epsilon Sigma Honor Society, 1986-87
  • Aquinas Scholars Program, 1983-87
  • Public Service Award, Minnesota Foundation for Better Hearing and Speech, 1986
  • Special Service Award, Legislative Coalition for the Hearing Impaired, 1986


For a complete list of Dr. Wolf's publications and presentations, click here.


Dr. Wolf has received a total of 34 research grants and contracts totaling $13,256,035 from the U.S. Department of Education, Georgetown University, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, the Kern Family Foundation, the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, the Robertson Foundation, and the Walton Family Foundation.