Scott F Abernathy

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abernath@umn.edu
612-624-3308

Political Science
1246 Social Science Building

267 - 19th Ave South

Affiliations

Scott Abernathy is an Associate Professor of Political Science and a Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Minnesota.

In his 2005 book, School Choice and the Future of American Democracy (The University of Michigan Press), Professor Abernathy argues that the privileging of the consumer through the use of private vouchers threatens the expression of democratic citizenship in the larger political realm, particularly in resource-poor communities.

His (2007) book, No Child Left Behind and the Public Schools (The University of Michigan Press), explores the challenges of measuring educational quality from the top-down and considers the possibility of making the law live up to its liberal promises.

Scott has worked as a public school teacher in Wisconsin, a street-counselor with homeless youths in Boston. He received his Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton University in 2002, an M.P.A. in Domestic Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University in 1997, and a B.A. from Dartmouth College in 1988.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • B.A.: Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, 1988.
  • M.P.A.: Domestic Policy, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, 1997.
  • Ph.D.: Politics, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, 2002.

Curriculum Vitae

Specialties

  • education policy and methods
  • bureaucracy
  • democracy
  • educational reform
  • American government
Courses Taught
  • Pol1001: American Democracy in a Changing World
  • Pol 1001H - Honors Course: American Democracy in a Changing World
  • Pol3319: Education and the American Dream
Publications
  • School Choice and the Future of American Democracy. Abernathy, Scott, The University of Michigan Press, Author, 2005. Link
  • No Child Left Behind and the Public Schools. Abernathy, Scott, The University of Michigan Press, Author, 2007. Link