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Chris Yaluma

PhD Student

Hometown: Kasama, Zambia

Undergraduate Institution and Major:
B. A., Physics, Berea College

Graduate Institution and Degree:
M.Ed., Transformative Education, Miami University
M. A., Education Policy, The Ohio State University


Research Interests:
Chris Yaluma’s primary research interests are school choice and evaluation of local and state education policy. Currently, Yaluma’s research investigates the impact of charter school closures on the overall performance of school districts. He is also involved in projects analyzing school discipline policies and access to gifted and talented programs for minority and low-income students.

Funded Appointments:

  • Research Consultant, Dayton Early College Academy - Graduate Research Assistant
  • Instructor, ESPHE 3206: School and Society
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, PUBAFRS 2110: Introduction to Public Affairs

Refereed Journal Publications:

Other Publications:

  • Yaluma, C. B., & Tyner, A. (2018). “Is there a gifted gap? Gifted education in high-poverty schools.” Thomas B. Fordham Institute
  • Saultz, A., Mensa, Q., Yaluma, C. B., & Hodges, J. (2018). “Charter school deserts—High-poverty neighborhoods with limited educational options.” Thomas B. Fordham Institute

Recent Academic Honors & Awards:

Selected Conference Presentations:

  • Yaluma, C. B., & Northern, A. M. (July 2019). “Charter school deserts: How can we enhance opportunities for growth in poor communities?” National Charter Schools Conference (NCSC), Las Vegas, NV.
  • Yaluma, C. B. (April, 2018). “Is there a gifted gap? Gifted education in high-poverty schools.” Association for Public Policy and Management (APPAM). Student Regional Conference, Washington, D.C.
  • Yaluma, C. B., & Saultz, A. (Nov, 2016). “Equal access? Analyzing charter location relative to demographics in Ohio.” University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA), Detroit, MI

Works in Progress:

  • Lavertu, S. & Yaluma, C. B. “Estimating the Impact of Collective Bargaining Agreements on District’s Civil Service.”

Professional Affiliations:

  • Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM)
  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)
Portable Innovation, Policy Wormholes, and Innovation Diffusion
Environmental Policy and Management
August 07, 2019
This article explores the effects of city managers' career paths on the diffusion of climate policy innovation among municipal governments in the United States.
The COVID-19 Pandemic and Student Achievement on Ohio’s Third-Grade English Language Arts Assessment
January 27, 2021
This report draws on data from the fall administration of Ohio’s annual Third-Grade English Language Arts assessment to examine how the COVID pandemic has affected student learning in the state.
Whatever it Takes: Sexual Harassment in the Context of Resource Dependence
Social Policy
March 09, 2021
Research suggests powerful resource dependencies are present in the public and nonprofit sectors.
Glenn College Releases Review of Columbus Response to 2020 Protests
Civic Engagement, Advocacy and Volunteerism
April 26, 2021
In July 2020, Columbus City leaders commissioned an independent, outside after-action review of the City’s response to protests that took place last summer. Former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio Carter Stewart and the John Glenn College of Public Affairs were named the lead investigative team.
Resilience Decision Making in Repeated Disasters
Public Finance and Budgeting
June 07, 2021
The research, published in Environment Systems and Decisions Journal, examines resilience decision making in the context of repeated catastrophic events.
Maximizing the Efficiency of Active Case Finding for SARS-CoV-2 Using Bandit Algorithms
June 14, 2021
Using bandit algorithms, the authors of a paper in Medical Decision Making present and test an approach for finding otherwise undetected cases of COVID-19 before they lead to a widespread outbreak.
Not All High-Growth Firms Are Alike: Capturing and Tagging Ohio’s Gazelles
June 29, 2021
In this study, published in Economic Development Quarterly, the authors present a statistically valid typology of high-growth firms, also known as gazelles, to determine if payroll and job growth patterns differ between groups or clusters.
How the COVID-19 Pandemic Affected Student Learning in Ohio
August 27, 2021
Analysis of Spring 2021 Ohio State Tests
Informational Determinants of Large-area Hurricane Evacuations
Environmental Policy and Management
August 30, 2021
This study, published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, presents an experimental design that overcomes the counterfactual problem present in all prior published experiments by relying on an actual storm with a known outcome.