Sarah Reckhow is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Michigan State University. She was awarded a fellowship from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study for 2018-2019. Her research and teaching interests include urban politics, education policy, nonprofits and philanthropy, and racial and ethnic politics. Reckhow’s work on urban schools has focused on policy reforms in New York City, Los Angeles, Oakland, and Detroit. Her award-winning book with Oxford University Press, Follow the Money: How Foundation Dollars Change Public School Politics, examines the role of major foundations, such as the Gates Foundation, in urban school reform. Reckhow was awarded a research grant from the W.T. Grant Foundation (with Megan Tompkins-Stange) to study the use of research evidence in the development of teacher quality policy debates. She has recently published articles in the Journal of Urban Affairs, Policy Studies Journal, and Planning Theory. Reckhow is affiliated with the Global Urban Studies Program and the Education Policy Center at Michigan State. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 2009. Previously, Reckhow taught history and government at Frederick Douglass High School in the Baltimore City Public Schools.
- Reckhow, Sarah, Davia Downey, and Joshua Sapotichne. Forthcoming. “Governing without Government: Nonprofit Governance in Detroit and Flint.” Urban Affairs Review.
- Henig, Jeffrey, Rebecca Jacobsen, and Sarah Reckhow. 2019. Outside Money in School Board Elections: The Nationalization of Education Politics. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press.
- Reckhow, Sarah, Jeffrey R. Henig, Rebecca Jacobsen, and Jamie Alter Litt. 2017. “‘Outsiders with Deep Pockets:’ The Nationalization of Local School Board Elections.” Urban Affairs Review. 53(5): 783-811.
- Lowe, Kate, Juliet Gainsborough, and Sarah Reckhow. Forthcoming. “Capacity and Equity: Federal Funding Competition Between and Within Regions.” Journal of Urban Affairs.
- Reckhow, Sarah, Matt Grossmann, and Benjamin C. Evans. Forthcoming. Policy Cues and Ideology in Attitudes toward Charter Schools. Policy Studies Journal.
- Reckhow, Sarah and Jeffrey W. Snyder. 2014. “The Expanding Role of Philanthropy in Education Politics.” Educational Researcher. 43(4): 186-195.
- Lester, William T. and Sarah Reckhow. 2013. “Network governance and regional equity: Shared agendas or problematic partners?” Planning Theory. 12(2): 115-138.
- Reckhow, Sarah. 2013. Follow the Money: How Foundation Dollars Change Public School Politics. New York: Oxford University Press
- Sarah Reckhow and Margaret Weir. 2012. “Building a Resilient Social Safety Net.” Urban and Regional Policy and Its Effects, Volume 4. Ed. Nancy Pindus, Howard Wial, and Harold Wolman. Brookings Institution Press.
- Sarah Reckhow and Margaret Weir. 2011. “Building a Stronger Regional Safety New: Philanthropy’s Role.” Metropolitan Opportunity Series. The Brookings Institution.
- Reckhow, Sarah. 2009. “The Distinct Patterns of Organized and Elected Representation of Racial and Ethnic Groups.” Urban Affairs Review. 45(2): 188-217.
- Ansell, Christopher, Sarah Reckhow, and Andrew Kelly. 2009. “How to Reform a Reform Coalistion: Outreach, Agenda Expansion, and Brokerage in Urban School Reform.” Policy Studies Journal. 37(4): 717-743.
- Reckhow, Sarah. 2010. “Disseminating and Legitimating a New Approach: The Role of Foundations.” Between Public and Private: Politics, Governance, and the New Portfolio Models for Urban School Reform. Ed. Katrina E. Buckley, Jeffry R. Henig, and Henry M. Levin. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press.