John Kristof

Senior Research Analyst

John M. Kristof is a Senior Research Analyst at EdChoice, where he studies school choice, educational pluralism, education finance, public opinion, and related education policy topics. With the Research and Thought Leadership team, he analyzes school choice programs and their relationships with the broader education ecosystem, designs and analyzes statewide surveys of K-12 parents and school leaders, manages the organization’s data collection for private school choice programs, and analyzes EdChoice polling work.

John also enjoys exploring how policy theory can illuminate conflicts and coalitions in the education reform space. His writing regularly appears on the EdChoice blog and other education and opinion outlets. Prior to EdChoice, John was the Lawrence M. Borst Fellow at the Indiana General Assembly, where he provided research support for issues including education finance, special education, teacher compensation, child poverty, and other education and fiscal matters. John holds a Master of Public Affairs degree in Policy Analysis from Indiana University, where he studied the relationship between charter school competition and traditional public school finances. He received a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Humanities from Indiana Wesleyan University, where he also was a John Wesley Honors Scholar.

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Favorite Quote

“Be a philosopher; but amidst all your philosophy, be still a man.”
— David Hume

Favorite Teacher/ Class

Dr. Riggs, theology

High School Mascot

My cat

Favorite Pastimes

Soccer, listening to and occasionally producing electronic music, and exploring new cities.

Inspiration for Joining the Educational Choice Movement

Since I was young, I’ve seen countless families make major sacrifices to provide their children the best education they could. I've seen even more wish they could be that serious about education but find themselves unable to make the investments they want. We should be promoting educational opportunities for all families. We owe it to our democracy and to the next generation of leaders to give loving parents and guardians more agency in their kids’ education.