The American Enterprise Institute has announced that Michael Q. McShane has joined the think tank as a research fellow in education policy studies.

“We’re delighted  that Mike McShane, one of the nation’s most promising young education policy scholars, has joined our education team,” said Rick Hess, AEI’s director of education policy studies, in a statement. “Mike has spent time in the classroom, trained with some of the nation’s leading reform-minded researchers, and has done careful work evaluating school choice programs and examining the Obama administration’s educational reforms. I’m looking forward to working with him on a range of education issues.”

McShane, who is completing a doctoral degree at University of Arkansas’ Department of Education Reform, will focus on federal education policy, school choice and on the politics of education reform.

McShane’s forthcoming book, President Obama and Education Reform: The Personal and the Political (co-authored with Robert Maranto) will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in September.

Before pursuing his doctoral studies, Mike taught ninth and tenth grade English and religion at the St. Jude Educational Institute in Montgomery, Ala., through the University of Notre Dame’s teaching fellowship program, where he taught courses on the Old Testament, the New Testament, and morality.