Edward St. John

Algo D. Henderson Collegiate Professor

Edward  St. John, School of Education

Edward St. John is concerned with education for a just society, an interest that stems from three decades of research on educational policy. St. John serves as series co-editor for Readings on Equal Education, an annual volume of policy research focusing on initiatives seeking to reduce inequalities in, while improving quality of, educational opportunities in K-12 and higher education. He also co-edits Core Issues in Higher Education, topical texts for professors and graduate students with an interest in the field. He directs the initiative Promoting Equity in Urban and Higher Education, funded by the Ford Foundation, at the University of Michigan’s National Center for Institutional Diversity. St. John is a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association and recipient of awards from other associations for this scholarship. Currently St. John is working with a team of graduate students to complete College Prep: Transforming High Schools, Overcoming Failed Public Policy, and Preparing Students for Higher Education, under contract with John Hopkins University Press. 

St. John teaches courses in the following program(s):
Higher Education
Higher Education and Master of Public Policy (Dual Degree)
Public Policy in Postsecondary Education
Diversity and Social Justice in Higher Education


Selected Publications


St. John, E. P., Hu, S., & Fisher, A. S. (2010). Breaking through the access barrier: Academic capital formation informing policy in higher education. New York: Routledge.

St. John, E. P. & Musoba, G. D. (2010). Pathways to academic success: Expanding opportunity for underrepresented students. New York: Routledge.

St. John, E. P. (2009) College organization and professional development: Integrating moral reasoning and reflective practice. New York: Routledge.

St. John, E. P. (2009). Action, reflection and social justice: Integrating moral reasoning into professional Development. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press.

Trent, W. & St. John, E. P. (Ed.). (2008). "Resources, assets, and strengths among successful diverse students; Understanding the contributions of the Gates Millennium Scholars Program." Readings on equal education, Vol. 23. New York: AMS Press, Inc.

St. John, E. P. (Ed.). (2007) "Confronting educational inequality: Reframing, finding understanding, and making change." Readings on equal education, Vol. 22.  New York: AMS Press, Inc.

Priest, D., & St. John, E. P. (Eds.). (2006). Privatization and public universities. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press.

St. John, E. P. (Ed.), (2006) "Public policy and educational opportunity: School reforms, postsecondary encouragement, and state policies on postsecondary education." Readings on equal education, Vol. 21. New York: AMS Press, Inc.

St. John, E. P. & Wilkerson, M. (Eds.) (2006) "Reframing persistence research to improve academic success." New Directions for Institutional Research, Vol. 30. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

St. John, E. P. (2006). Education and the public interest: School reform, public finance, and access to college. Netherlands: Springer Press.


Research Affiliations


2/3/2010 - 8/6/2010 Study of High Schools Engaged in Reform: College for Every Student evaluation
Granting Agency: College for Every Student

6/1/2007 - 5/31/2008 Preparation and Access: A Multilevel Analysis of State Policy Influences on the Academic Antecedents to College Enrollment
Granting Agency: Association for Institutional Research

11/1/2006 - 2/29/2008 Studies of the Impact of Indiana's 21st-Century Scholars Program
Granting Agency: Lumina Foundation

Courses & Syllabi

Term Catalogue Course Description Syllabus
Fall 2011 EDUC 771. Topics in Higher and Postsecondary Education EDUC 771. K-16 Pathways Policy Seminar

Winter 2011 EDUC 771. Topics in Higher and Postsecondary Education EDUC 771. Reflective Practice in the Professions

Spring/Summer 2014 EDUC 771. Topics in Higher and Postsecondary Education Promoted course. Read description »

Fall 2011 EDUC 661. History of Postsecondary Education EDUC 661. History and Philosophy of Higher and Postsecondary Education


Room 2117
Mailbox 2108/2117
734.647.2013 edstjohn@umich.edu