Ph.D., Public Policy & Management, University of Washington, 2016
M.S., Public Policy & Management, University of Washington, 2012
Master of Public Administration, University of Washington, 2010
Bachelor of Science in Business and Bachelor of Arts in Geography, University of Oregon, 2001
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Grant Blume is a postdoctoral research associate at the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance. He earned an MPA at the Evans School in 2010 and a Ph.D. from the school's Public Policy & Management program in 2016. Grant's research as a doctoral student applied both public management and public policy perspectives to the study of social policy and government in the United States. This line of research blended public management theory, emergent findings from behavioral economics, and quantitative methods.

Grant's current research agenda focuses on the intersection between public administration and issues related to race, gender, equity, and social justice. His present research projects include a study of the City of Seattle's Race and Social Justice Initiative and a statistical analysis of how high school students' income expectations related to postsecondary degree attainment vary by race, gender, and geography.

Grant has served as the principal investigator on a number of evaluation projects in Washington State. As a fellow of the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences (IES) pre-doctoral training program at the University of Washington, Grant received extensive training in quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods research methods. Prior to graduate school, Grant's professional experience included public service as a college admissions officer and as a legislative aide for a member of Congress in Washington, D.C.

Professional Title: 
Acting Assistant Professor
Current Position: 
Acting Assistant Professor
Public Policy Analysis
Public Management and Leadership
Education Policy
Dissertation title: 
Application Behavior as a Consequential Juncture in the Take-Up of Postsecondary Education
Recent Publications: 
Journal Articles:
  • Blume, G., Scott, T., & Pirog, M. 2014. “Empirical innovations in policy analysis.” Policy Studies Journal, 42(S1), 33-50.
  • Blume, G. & Zumeta, W. 2014. “The state of state college readiness policies.” American Behavioral Scientist, 58(8), 1071-1092.
  • Blume, G. & Long, M. 2013. “Changes in levels of affirmative action in college admissions in response to statewide bans and judicial rulings.” Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 36(2), 228-252
Book Chapters:
  • Blume, G. 2015. “Academic planning for high school students: Careful choices cultivate postsecondary opportunity and success.” In J. Mathis, R. Rall & T. Laudino (Eds.), Fundamentals of college admission counseling: A textbook for graduate students and practicing counselors. Arlington, VA: National Association for College Admission Counseling.
  • Blume, G. 2014. “Admissions policy as public policy.” In V. Stead, (Ed.), International Perspectives on Higher Education Admissions Policy: A Reader. New York: Peter Lang Publishing.
Courses taught: 
  • Instructor, PUBPOL 513: Policy Analysis, Spring 2014 and scheduled for Spring 2017
  • Instructor, PUBPOL 526: Program Evaluation, scheduled for Spring 2017
  • Instructor, PUBM 5410: Policy Analysis, scheduled for Spring 2017 (at Seattle University)
  • Instructor, PUBPOL 599: Advanced Public Policy Analysis, Spring 2016
  • Instructor, EDLPS 574: Mixed Methods, Winter 2016, Winter 2017
  • Teaching Assistantship, PUBPOL 513: Policy Analysis, Spring 2012
  • Co-Instructor, EDLPS 564: Seminar in the Economics of Education, Autumn 2011
  • Recipient of the National Association for College Admission Counseling's 2015 Excellence in Government Relations Award
  • Winner of the 2014 Wilder Award for Social Equity and Public Policy  (for 2013 paper co-authored with Mark Long)
  • Semi-finalist, Spencer Foundation Doctoral Fellowship, 2014
  • Winner of the Evans School's 2010 Pealy Prize for an Outstanding MPA Degree Project


Dissertation Committee Members: 
Mark C. Long (chair)
Crystal C. Hall
Jennifer Romich (School of Social Work)
Craig W. Thomas
William M. Zumeta
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