Grant Blume

Associate Teaching Professor;
MPA Program Director

Grant Blume is a teaching faculty member at the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance. Grant teaches courses on policy analysis, program evaluation, and research methods at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral level. He brings a racial equity lens to much of his teaching and invites students to center anti-racism approaches in their public policy studies.

Grant’s current research agenda focuses on the intersections among public management, public policy, and institutional racism. His present research projects include a study of the City of Seattle’s Race and Social Justice Initiative and theoretical work around racialized administrative power as the status quo in American public administration. Grant is also the Principal Investigator of a three-year (2019-2022) National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education (ATE) research grant (Award # 1902019) and Co-Principal Investigator for Policy Analysis at the University of Washington’s Earthlab Nippon Foundation Ocean Nexus Center.

Professionally, Grant engages in racial equity consulting work as a qualified administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI), an instrument that serves as a catalyst for assessing and developing intercultural skills. He has served as the lead researcher on a number of evaluation projects in Washington State and maintains an active evaluation practice in the region.

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 2020 Dean’s Teaching Award
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

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