Nathan Barrett, Ph.D.

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Nathan Barrett, Ph.D., is the Senior Director of Research and Evaluation at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. Before joining the National Alliance, Nathan was an Associate Director and Senior Research Fellow at The Education Research Alliance for New Orleans at Tulane University where he studied the unprecedented school reforms in New Orleans focusing on school choice, teacher polices, school discipline, and equity. In addition to his research experience with charter schools, he also served on a charter school board as the chair of the finance committee and treasurer.

A first-generation and nontraditional college student, Nathan received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics from Eastern Kentucky University and Georgia State University, respectively, and received his Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from the University of Kentucky. His work has been published in academic journals such as American Journal of Education, The American Review of Public Administration, Educational Researcher, Economics of Education Review, Evaluation Review, and The Journal of Human Resources, and has published numerous policy briefs and reports to inform policymakers.

What was your all-time, best-ever Halloween costume? I dressed up in a kid’s Hamburglar costume… I was twenty-four.

What was the last really great book you read? Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut

If you had one free hour each day, how would you use it? Drawing, building or fixing something—anything with my hands really

Blog posts by Nathan Barrett, Ph.D.


Why Investing in Charter Schools is a Good Idea

A recent study released by researchers at the University of Arkansas, A Good Investment: The Updated Productivity of Public Charter Schools in Eight U.S. Cities, provides key insights into cost-effectiveness and return-on-investment comparisons across public charter and traditional public schools.
Nathan Barrett, Ph.D., National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

Senior Director, Research and Evaluation