James R. Harrington

Curriculum Vita

Contact Information:
The University of Texas at Dallas
School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences
800 West Campbell Road
Office - Green Hall GR 2.212
Richardson, TX 75080-3021

Email: james.harrington -at- utdallas.edu
Phone: 972-883-3513

Areas of Specialization:
Accountability Reforms, Performance Management, Performance Data Usage, Policy Evaluation, Social Media and Education Governance


Associate Professor, The University of Texas at Dallas, 2019 to Present
Assistant Professor, The University of Texas at Dallas, 2013 to 2019

PhD, University of Missouri, Truman School of Public Affairs, 2013
MPA, University of Missouri, Truman School of Public Affairs, 2009
BA, Truman State University, 2005


"Understanding the Link Between Innovation and Organizational Communication: An Examination of Public, Nonprofit, and For-profit Organizations in South Korea" (with Jiwon Suh and Doug Goodman). Public Personnel Management, 47(2), 2018: 217-244.

"Successful Resource Seeking Strategies: An Agent Based Model of Budgetary Competition."(with John McCaskill, L. Douglas Kiel, and Euel Elliott) International Journal of Social Sciences, Humanities and Education, 2(2), 2018: 66-86.

"Revenue Sources and Social Media Engagement Among Environmentally Focused Nonprofits." (with John McCaskill). Journal of Public and Nonprofit Affairs, 3(3), 2017: 309-319.

"Retaining Science Teachers in Rural School Districts: Examining the Unintended Consequences of the No Child Left Behind Act". Global Journal of Educational Studies, 3(1), 2017

"Examining the Impact of a Highly Targeted State Administered Merit Aid Program on Brain Drain: Evidence from a Regression Discontinuity Analysis of Missouri's Bright Flight Program" (with Jose Munoz, Brad Curs, and Mark Ehlert). Research in Higher Education, 57(4), 2016, 423-447.

*Winner of the Association of Education Finance and Policy's (AEFP) Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Prize for Best Academic Paper on the Intersection of  Education and Labor Market Outcomes. $5,000 award.

"Democratization and Diversion: The Effects of Missouri's A+ Program on Postsecondary Enrollment." (with Jose Munoz, Brad Curs, and Mark Ehlert) Journal of Higher Education, 87(6), 2016: 801-830.

"What Drives Perceived Fairness of Performance Appraisal? Exploring the Effects of Psychological Contract Fulfillment on Employees' Perceived Fairness of Performance Appraisal in U.S. Federal Agencies" (with Ji Han Lee) Public Personnel Management, 44(2), 2015: 214-238.

"Estimating the Effects of No Child Left Behind on Teachers' Work Environments and Job Attitudes" (with Jason Grissom and Sean Nicholson-Crotty) Education Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 36(4), 2014: 417-436.

"Local Legislative Professionalism" (with Jason Grissom). American Politics Research, 41(3), 2013: 76-98.

"Investing in Administrator Efficacy: An Examination of Professional Development as a Tool for Enhancing Principal Effectiveness" (with Jason Grissom). American Journal of Education, 116(4), 2010: 583-612.

"Evaluating Cooperative Behaviour Through a Web-based Interface: A Social Dilemma Game" McNair Scholarly Review of Truman State University, vol 11, 2005.

Teaching Experience:
The University of Texas at Dallas
EPPS 6316 Applied Regression
PA 6314 Policy Analysis
PA 7330 Research Design in Public Affairs
PA 6300 Quality and Productivity Improvement in Government
PA 7381 Education Policy
PA 6315 Program Evaluation
PA 6399 Capstone in Public Affairs
PA 3306 Advanced Writing and Research
PA 2325 Introduction to Public Service
ECS 3361 Social Issues and Ethics in Computer Science and Engineering
HONS 3199 Collegium V Honors Readings - Social Media in the Workplace

Teaching Awards:
2018- Public and Nonprofit Management: Graduate Teaching Award
2016- Economics, Political, and Policy Sciences (EPPS) Comet Teaching Award
2014-2015- EPPS Outstanding Teaching Comet Award