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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, equity, program evaluation, and public opinion. Currently, he works with the Research and Thought Leadership team at EdChoice, where he analyzes school choice programs and their relationships with the broader education ecosystem, oversees and manages the organization’s data collection for private school choice programs, and performs data analysis for EdChoice polling work. 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 quality opinion outlets such as Real Clear Policy and Arc Digital 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, where he studied the impact of charter school competition on traditional public school finances. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Indiana Wesleyan University, where he also studied the humanities at the John Wesley Honors College.

Soccer fills much of John's free time. He plays goalkeeper for Old North United, serves his community with and provides market research for City Futbol, and fervently supports Arsenal. You'll often finding him listening to abstract hip hop or dark electronic music, or he may be diving into artistic or story-based video games. He group up in south suburban Chicago and now lives in the near northside of Indianpolis.

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

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