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About the Author

Jonathan D. Becker, J.D., Ph.D.

After graduating cum laude from Duke University with a B.A. in Public Policy Studies in 1994, I received a law degree and a masters degree in curriculum and instruction from Boston College Law School and the Boston College Graduate School of Education in 1997. Additionally, in May of 2003. I earned a Ph.D. in the Politics of Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. From September 2002 to August 2007, I was an assistant professor in the Department of Foundations, Leadership and Policy Studies in the School of Education and Allied Human Services at Hofstra University. Now as an assistant professor at the Educational Leadership Department at Virginia Commonwealth University, I teach courses in school law and educational research methods.

Prior to beginning my professorial career, I served as Research Director at Interactive, Inc., an educational research and consulting company. In my capacity at Interactive, Inc., I directed and was involved in a number of research projects focused mostly on the achievement and equity effects of educational technology. Framed largely as mixed-methods evaluation research, these studies ranged from small-scale studies of school-based programs to federally funded statewide evaluations. As a principal investigator in a recent federally-funded study, I pioneered the use of novel data collection techniques including the use of desktop monitoring software to gauge file activity on classroom-based computers.