Education policy
Public finance
Political commentary



John M. Kristof is a public policy researcher, analyst, and writer specializing in education policy. Research interests of his include education market design and school choice, education finance and funding formulas, education access and equity, and education governance. Currently, he works with the Research and Thought Leadership team at EdChoice, where he manages, analyzes, and helps develop the organization's regular public opinion polling; provides data analysis, data visualization, literature reviews, writing and editing, and similar work on recurring, state, and special projects; and writes op-eds and other items for the organization's blog as well as external publications.

Before settling into education policy, Kristof was something of a policy generalist, and he has written numerous freelance commentaries and op-eds on various economic, political, and cultural issues. Topics include education, taxes and government budgets, healthcare, internet regulation, and immigration. His work can be found in popular opinion outlets such as Real Clear Policy and The American Conservative as well as some of the top-circulated newspapers in DC, Los Angeles, and Detroit.

In addition to his work, Kristof is completing his Master's of Public Affairs in Policy Analysis at Indiana University. In his academic work, he currently is studying the relationship between charter school competition and the efficiency of public schools. Kristof also is a proud alumnus of the John Wesley Honors College at Indiana Wesleyan University, where he received a degree in Economics and Honors Humanities.

Previously, he served as the Lawrence M. Borst Fellow at the Indiana General Assembly, where he provided fiscal analysis for education finance and funding formulas, tax expenditures, economic development, and other related fiscal issues. Prior to his stint in state government, Kristof was a research fellow at the Sagamore Institute in Indianapolis and a writing intern at the Illinois Policy Institute in Chicago.

Outside research, writing, and school, John enjoys playing soccer and serving his community through Indy City Futbol, listening to and occasionally producing electronic music, and exploring cities on bike. He lives in Indianapolis with his wife. Together, they hope to travel (someday), become coffee savants, and visit every public park in Indy.

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