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Prof M. Danish Shakeel

Director - Centre for Ed. Ent.

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M. Danish (Dany) Shakeel is a professor and the director of the E. G. West Centre for Education Policy at The University of Buckingham, UK. Professor Shakeel mainly works on quantitative research on K-12 U. S. education policy, but he studies social sciences more broadly. His recent research has been in the areas of systematic review and meta-analysis, large scale descriptive research, quasi-experiments, public opinion and the politics of education, social capital, non-cognitive and character traits, religious education and philosophies, school choice, intelligence, and program evaluation.

He has co-edited three volumes of the Journal of School Choice and is a member of the journal’s editorial board. He is a member of the organizing committee of the International School Choice and Reform Conference. The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and USA Today have cited his work.

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Podcast and Media

  • The Education Exchange: Why Are Students Making More Progress in Math than in Reading?
  • USA Today: You’re not imagining it: Kids today really are smarter than we were. Test scores prove it.
  • The Washington Post: Do you think our schools are worse than ever? You’re wrong.

Information for prospective doctoral students

Prospective doctoral students should prepare a structured abstract that clearly identifies the topic and importance of the proposed research. The abstract should also identify the empirical method and data source for the proposed research, and clearly point out the policy implications. Prospective students should also prepare a list of 10 books/articles on education policy or related topics that have influenced their thinking. The structured abstract, list of books/articles, and a curriculum vitae should be attached in an email with the subject “Inquiry for doctoral dissertation.” The CV should highlight the familiarity of the student with quantitative econometric methods and related software.

Students should be prepared to submit a three-page research proposal with a three-year timeline if the initial email invokes interest from Professor Shakeel.

If the research proposal is clearly articulated, a video interview can be conducted to initiate the steps for formal admission into PhD program at The University of Buckingham.

Note: Students should arrange their own funds for their proposed research.

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