Richard Blissett is an Assistant Professor of educational policy in the department of Lifelong Education, Administration, and Policy at the University of Georgia. He holds a PhD in Leadership and Policy Studies (with a minor in Quantitative Methods) from Peabody College at Vanderbilt University, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (with a minor in Computer Science) from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He received the Peabody Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Leadership award and was a fellow in the Cal Turner Program for Moral Leadership in the Profession. At UGA, he has earned the institutional certificate in Diversity and Inclusion and is an affiliate of the Owen Institute for Behavioral Research.

Academic Affiliations


  •  Ph.D. in Education Leadership and Policy Studies, 2017
    Vanderbilt University
  •  B.S. in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, 2011
    University of Maryland, Baltimore County


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Research Summary

He primarily focuses on political psychology and communication in education policymaking. His current research program focuses on attitudes towards race-conscious and other forms of justice-oriented policy. One half of this work seeks to understand how these beliefs are formed and the spaces in which these beliefs are translated into action, as well as to assess information communication-based interventions that might change people’s beliefs. Work in this area has included research on democratic structures in education governance (particularly, school boards) as well as anti-racism activism and social movements in education. The other half of this work is focused on the use of computational natural language processing techniques for examining educational equity policy discourse in large text corpora. His research methods are primarily quantitative with a focus on computational social science (including text analysis), particularly through R, Stata, and Python. See his personal website for more details.


Selected Publications

  • Blissett, R. S. L. (2020)
  • Educational Policy, 34(6), 894-917.
  • Blissett, R. S. L., Baker, D. J., & Fields, B. C. (2020)
  • Teachers College Record, 122(3), 1-36.
  • Baker, D. J., & Blissett, R. S. L. (2018)
  • Journal of Higher Education, 89(2), 184-207
Disentangling the personal agenda: Identity and school board members’ perceptions of problems and solutions
  • Blissett, R. S. L., & Alsbury, T. L. (2018)
  • Leadership and Policy in Schools, 17(4), 454-486