American politics, public policy, K-12 education, applied research methods
Paul Manna joined the department in 2003. He earned a B.A. from Northwestern University in 1992 and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Wisconsin in 2003. Prior to beginning graduate school he was a high school social studies teacher and debate coach. At William and Mary, Professor Manna teaches courses in the Department of Government and the Thomas Jefferson Program in Public Policy. He has published work on federal education policy, school vouchers, charter schools, and political parties and elections. His first book, School's In: Federalism and the National Education Agenda
(Georgetown University Press, 2006), examines the development of federal and state education policy since the 1960s. His most recent book, Collision Course: Federal Education Policy Meets State and Local Realities
(CQ Press, 2011) analyzes the development and implementation of the No Child Left Behind Act.