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I am an assistant professor of education policy, organization, and leadership in the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I use quantitative methods to study school finance, school choice, resource allocation in schools, and teacher quality. In addition to writing policy briefs and reports for policymakers and practitioners, my research has been published in a variety of peer-reviewed journals, including Educational PolicyJournal of Education FinanceAmerican Educational Research Journal, and Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis.

I completed a PhD in urban education policy and a MA in economics at the University of Southern California. Prior to enrolling at USC I earned a MA in science and math education and BAs in philosophy and molecular biology from the University of California, Berkeley and taught middle school science in Oakland and Los Angeles, California.

Education/Academic qualification

Science and Math Education, MA, University of California at Berkeley

Molecular & Cell Biology, BA, University of California at Berkeley

Philosophy, BA, University of California at Berkeley

Economics, MA, University of Southern California

Urban Education Policy, PhD, University of Southern California


  • L Education
  • education policy
  • school finance
  • teacher quality
  • school choice

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Research Output

Taking Their First Steps: The Distribution of New Teachers in School and Classroom Contexts and Implications for Teacher Effectiveness

Bruno, P., Rabovsky, S. J. & Strunk, K. O., Aug 1 2020, In : American Educational Research Journal. 57, 4, p. 1688-1729 42 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Teacher Screening and Hiring: Lessons from the Los Angeles Unified School District

    Bruno, P., Apr 2020, East Lansing, MI: Education Policy Innovation Collaborative, Michigan State University. 14 p.

    Research output: Book/Report/Conference proceedingCommissioned report

  • Alignment of goals and perceptions of computing predicts students’ sense of belonging in computing

    Lewis, C., Bruno, P., Raygoza, J. & Wang, J., Jul 30 2019, ICER 2019 - Proceedings of the 2019 ACM Conference on International Computing Education Research. Association for Computing Machinery, Inc, p. 11-19 9 p. (ICER 2019 - Proceedings of the 2019 ACM Conference on International Computing Education Research).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

    Open Access
  • A Tough Assignment

    Bruno, P., Sep 1 2019, 5 p.

    Research output: Other contributionMagazine/newspaper essay


    • 5 Invited talk

    Current School Finance Issues in California

    Paul A Bruno (Speaker)

    Oct 2019

    Activity: Talk typesInvited talk

    Research Perspectives on School District Fiscal Pressures

    Paul A Bruno (Speaker)


    Activity: Talk typesInvited talk

    Honors & Recognition

    California Flanders Fellow

    Bruno, Paul A (Recipient), 2007

    Prize: Other distinction

    David L. Clark Scholar

    Bruno, Paul A (Recipient), 2018

    Prize: Other distinction

    Emerging Education Policy Scholar

    Bruno, Paul A (Recipient), 2019

    Prize: Other distinction

    New Scholar Grant

    Bruno, Paul A (Recipient), 2018