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Joshua Hawley

Professor, Director of the Ohio Education Research Center


Dr. Joshua Hawley is a professor in the Glenn College at The Ohio State University, and he is also director of the Ohio Education Research Center. The OERC conducts research on policy and practice in the state of Ohio, preschool through workforce. He also serves as associate director for the Center for Human Resource Research at Ohio State University.

Hawley was previously associate and assistant professor of workforce development policy in the College of Education and Human Ecology at Ohio State, a Fulbright Senior Scholar at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Russia, and a visiting researcher at the New School University. Hawley has served as a consultant for many international agencies, including the World Bank, UNESCO and UNICEF, and has worked in Russia, Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Thailand, Uganda and Ethiopia. He was awarded a second Fulbright for 2020-21 for work in the ASEAN states. This Fulbright will take place in 2021-22.

Hawley’s research is focused on workforce and education policy for state and national governments. He is the author/editor of two recent books:

He works with students at all levels in the Glenn College. He has advised some twenty doctoral students at the university. His teaching involves courses in education policy, workforce development and data analytics.

Hawley earned his Doctor of Education and Master of Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Administration, Planning and Social Policy, as well as undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Asian languages and history.


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.