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David Houston
PhD, Columbia University
Assistant Professor
Director, EdPolicyForward
Academic Program Coordinator, Education Policy
Education Policy, PhD in Education

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George Mason University
Mason Square
Van Metre Hall 663
3351 Fairfax Drive
MS 3B1
Arlington, VA 22201


David M. Houston is an Assistant Professor of Education in the College of Education and Human Development and the academic program coordinator of the Education Policy program at George Mason University. He is also the director of EdPolicyForward: The Center for Education Policy, a university affiliate faculty in the Schar School of Policy and Government, and the survey director of the Education Next Poll at Harvard University. 

Prof. Houston studies education politics, governance, and public opinion. His research has appeared in academic outlets such as the American Educational Research Journal, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, and the Harvard Educational Review. It has also been featured in media outlets such as Vox, Chalkbeat, and Education Week. This work has been supported by the Spencer Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation, and the W. T. Grant Foundation.

Prior to his position at Mason, he was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School. He earned his Ph.D. in Politics and Education from Columbia University, where he studied in both the Department of Education Policy and Social Analysis at Teachers College and the Department of Political Science in the Graduate School of Arts and Science. Before pursuing his doctorate, he taught first and second grade in New York City.