Jacob Alonso
Jacob  Alonso

Jacob Alonso

Cohort: 2019

USC Provost's PhD Fellowship

University of Chicago, A.B. 2011
University of Texas at San Antonio, M.Ed. 2016



K-12 Education Policy

Research Interest

School Leaders, Mixed Methods, Critical Policy Analysis, Geospatial Inequality, School Choice

Jacob Alonso

Jacob Alonso is a PhD student in Urban Education Policy at the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education.  He studies K-12 education policy from a mixed methods perspective, building on a career of classroom teaching, campus and district administration, and independent research.  His current research focuses on the geospatial analysis of equity and school choice; how schools respond to demographic change; social justice school leadership; and democratic engagement in schools.  His interests are guided by his experience in the classroom, a career in education leadership, and a deep belief in the transformative capacity of education.  

He works as a research assistant with Dr. Julie Marsh through the Center on Education Policy, Equity and Governance, and on the qualitative team for the National Center for Research on Education Access and Choice (REACH).  He previously taught developmental education at the community college level and Math and Debate/Model UN at Brackenridge High School in San Antonio, TX, where he was a grade level leader and founding teacher at the international studies magnet.  He served as the Executive Program Evaluator for San Antonio ISD.  He also founded an educational consulting firm, Texas School Analytics Consulting, which has worked closely with school and district leaders to improve college access through intensive participatory action evaluation of GEAR UP grants.  Jacob has lead teachers, administrators, and nonprofit leaders in professional development, on topics such as data use for school improvement and using equity audits.


Professional Experience:

Founder and Director of Research, 2018 – 2019               
Texas School Analytics Consulting
San Antonio, Texas

Executive Program Evaluator, 2015 – 2018
Accountability, Research, Evaluation and Testing
San Antonio Independent School District, San Antonio, Texas

Mathematics Teacher, Grade Level Coordinator, and Gifted Program Coordinator, 2012 – 2015
Brackenridge High School
San Antonio Independent School District, San Antonio, Texas

Policy Fellow, 2014
Leadership for Educational Equity
State Representative Mike Villarreal, San Antonio, Texas

Adjunct Instructor, 2011 – 2012
Department of Education and Learning
St. Philip’s College, San Antonio, Texas

Document Translator and U-Visa Analyst, 2010 – 2011
American Gateways
Austin, Texas

Program Analyst/Clerk, 2010
Housing Division
Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, San Antonio and Austin, Texas

Research Assistant, 2009 – 2011
International Comparative Dataset Project
University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

Selected Publications

  • Alonso, J. (2012). Quantifying Deliberative Democracy: Regime Definitions in Large-N Comparative Studies. The Boston College Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies Journal 4(1).
  • Alonso, J. (2009). Selling Votes: Towards a Political Economy of Campaign Finance Reform. The Midway Review of Politics and Culture, 6(1): 15-28.

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