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John M. Kristof is a public policy researcher, analyst, and writer specializing in education and fiscal policy. Currently, he works with the Research and Thought Leadership team at EdChoice in Indianapolis, where he contributes data analysis, literature reviews, and other research work on their major annual reports. He also helps produce policy briefs for state partners, contributes to the EdChoice blog, and provides other analysis as opportunities arise. 

Kristof also provides freelance commentary on current economic issues and has published numerous op-eds on various policy topics, including education, tax and budget, healthcare, internet regulation, and immigration. His work has been featured in national publications like The Washington Times and The American Conservative as well as local papers like the Detroit News and the Orange County Register.

In addition to his work, Kristof is completing his Master's of Public Affairs in Policy Analysis at Indiana University, expected completion date in 2021. In his academic work, he currently is studying the relationship between school choice and the efficiency of school finance reforms. 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 was a fiscal research intern for the Indiana General Assembly, where he studied education finance and funding formulas, tax expenditures, economic development, and other 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 tennis, listening to and occasionally producing electronic music, and spending excessive emotional energy on the Chicago Bears and Arsenal FC. He lives in Indianapolis with his wife. Together, they hope to travel (someday), become coffee savants, and visit every public park in Indy.

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



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