Daniel Hamlin

Daniel Hamlin is an assistant professor in the department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Oklahoma. His research examines the effects of school governance on non-tested measures of school performance with an emphasis on school climate, parental involvement and student safety.
Dr. Hamlin’s work appears in a number of scholarly journals, including the American Educational Research Journal, Educational Policy, and Urban Education. He has written research reports for organizations, such as People for Education and Education Next, that have received extensive coverage in the media. Dr. Hamlin has also received grants from the National Science Foundation, the Ontario Ministry of Education, and the Mathematics of Information Technology and Complex Systems research organization.
Dr. Hamlin earned his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto where he received the Ken Leithwood Outstanding Thesis of the Year award for his dissertation examining charter schools on non-tested outcomes in Detroit, Michigan. In the classroom, Dr. Hamlin has been recognized for instructional excellence, receiving the Derek Bok Award for Excellence in Teaching from Harvard University as well as six teaching awards from Sejong University.

Current status: Assistant Professor, University of Oklahoma
Research interests: School Climate, Student Safety, and Parental Involvement
Dissertation: School choice in deindustrialized cities: A mixed method comparison of charter and public schools on safety and parental involvement in Detroit, MI
PhD University of Toronto, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) Educational Leadership and Policy
MA  Sejong University, Seoul,  Asian Studies
BA Michigan State University, East Lansing,  Finance


Hamlin, D. (in press). Flight to safety in deindustrialized cities: Perceptions of school safety in charter and public schools in Detroit, Michigan. Education and Urban Society.
 Hamlin, D. (2018). “The types of kids we get are different” The characteristics of school choosers in Detroit, Michigan. Journal of School Choice, 12(1), 52–79
Hamlin, D. & Flessa, J. (2018). Parental involvement initiatives: An analysis.  Educational Policy, 32(5), 697–727
 Hamlin, D. (2017). Are charter schools safer in deindustrialized cities with high rates of crime? Testing hypotheses in Detroit. American Educational Research Journal, 54(4), 725-756. 
Hamlin, D. (2017). Parental involvement in high choice inner cities: A comparison of charter and public schools in Detroit. Urban Education. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0042085917697201
Hamlin, D., & Davies, S. (2016). Toronto: A new global city of learning. London Review of Education, 14(2), 186-198.
 Sá, C., & Hamlin, D. (2015). Research use capacity in provincial government. Canadian Public Administration, 58(3), 468-486.
2018                   Bradley Fellowship, Harvard University
2018                    Leithwood Award: Outstanding Thesis of the Year, University of Toronto
2017-18               Postdoctoral Fellowship, Harvard University
2017                    National Science Foundation  Research Grant
2017                    Governor General’s Gold Medal Nominee, University of Toronto
2016                   Ontario Ministry of Education Research Grant
2016                   Mathematics of Information and Complex Systems Research Grant
2015                   Mathematics of Information and Complex Systems Research Grant