Sarah Reckhow

Sarah  Reckhow
  • Professor
  • American Politics, Public Policy
  • Department of Political Science
  • 312 S. Kedzie Hall
  • 368 Farm Lane
  • East Lansing MI 48823
  • 517-432-0028


Sarah Reckhow


Sarah Reckhow is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at Michigan State University. Her research and teaching interests include urban politics, education policy, and nonprofits and philanthropy. Her most recent book, written with Jeffrey Henig and Rebecca Jacobsen, is Outside Money in School Board Elections: The Nationalization of Education Politics. Outside Money received the Dennis Judd Best Book Award from the Urban Politics Section of the American Political Science Association. Her first book, 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. She has recently published articles in the Political BehaviorEducational Evaluation and Policy AnalysisUrban Affairs Review, and State Politics & Policy QuarterlyReckhow serves on the steering committee for the Michigan State Interdisciplinary Training in Education and Social Science, a doctoral fellowship program at MSU linking education policy and social science. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 2009. In the early 2000s, Reckhow taught history and government at Frederick Douglass High School in the Baltimore City Public Schools.