Peter Weitzel, M.Ed

Doctoral Student
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Peter Weitzel is a Research Manager at the Institute for Legal, Legislative, and Policy Studies at the University of Illinois at Springfield and a Ph.D. student in education policy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  His primary research interests include issues of school choice, educational politics, and urban educational governance.  He is co-editor of The Charter School Experiment, a 2010 book on 20 years of charter school research, with Dr. Chris Lubienski.  His research has appeared in Educational Policy, the American Journal of Education, and a number of other professional journals and meetings.  Peter received a B.A. in Secondary Education and English from Washington University in St. Louis in 2001 and a Master’s in Educational Organization and Leadership in 2008. Prior to graduate studies, he was the director of an AmeriCorps program that provided tutoring, character education, service learning, and a range of other services to students in high needs communities in South Carolina.