Grant Blume is a faculty member 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 is also an affiliate faculty member of the University of Washington's Community College Research Initiatives (CCRI). Grant teaches courses on policy analysis, program evaluation, research methods, and public speaking.
Grant's current research agenda focuses on the intersections among public managment, public policy, and issues related to education, race, and equity. His present research projects include a study of the City of Seattle's Race and Social Justice Initiative and statistical analyses that explore community college students' pathways to and through postsecondary education.
Grant is a qualified administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI), an instrument that serves as a catalyst for assessing and developing intercultural skills. Grant has served as the lead researcher 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.
- Recipient of the 2017 Excellence in Instruction Award, awarded by the Evans School's Evans Student Organization (ESO)
- 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