College of Education and Human Development - George Mason University

David Houston
PhD, Columbia University
Assistant Professor
Education Policy

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George Mason University
Fairfax Campus
Thompson Hall 1802
4400 University Dr.
Fairfax, VA 22030


David M. Houston is an Assistant Professor of Education Policy in the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University. He is also a faculty affiliate at EdPolicyForward: The Center for Education Policy at George Mason University.

Prof. Houston's research interests include public opinion on education issues, measuring school quality, racial/ethnic and economic segregation, and school board elections. His research has appeared in academic outlets such as the American Journal of Education, Educational Policy, and Educational Research. It has also been featured in media outlets such as Chalkbeat and EducationNext. 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 PhD in Politics and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Before pursuing his doctorate, he taught first and second grade in New York City.