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Studying K-12 policy and pluralism
Pursuing thoughtful politics
Finding beauty in sport, music, and gaming


John M. Kristof is an education policy researcher, analyst, and writer. Research interests of his include school choice, education finance, education innovation and entrepreneurship, political pluralism, and program evaluation. With the Research and Thought Leadership team at EdChoice, he analyzes school choice programs and their relationships with the broader education ecosystem and oversees and manages the organization’s data collection for private school choice programs. He also conducts and analyzes surveys of American adults, parents, school leaders, teachers, teenagers, and more. Currently, he is studying the intersection between narrative analysis, K-12 politics, and school choice. John regularly writes for the EdChoice blog and other education and opinion outlets.

Previously, John worked at the Indiana General Assembly, where he analyzed education finance, teacher compensation, tax expenditures, and other education and fiscal issues. Prior to his stint in state government, he was a research fellow at the Sagamore Institute in Indianapolis, where he provided research assistance on social entrepreneurship and child and family policy.


Longstanding passions for better public policy and thoughtful living have translated into numerous articles on various economic, political, and cultural issues, from government audits to storytelling in video games. His work can be found in online outlets such as The 74 Million and Real Clear Policy as well as some of the top-circulated newspapers in DC, Los Angeles, and Detroit.

John holds a Master of Public Affairs in Policy Analysis from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Indiana Wesleyan University, where he also studied the humanities at the John Wesley Honors College. Outside the public affairs space, John enjoys tennis, synthesizers, and artistic video games. He grew up in south suburban Chicago and now lives in the near northside of Indianapolis.

You can follow John on Twitter @jmkristof and give claps on Medium at


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