Ohio Research Director

Aaron Churchill is the Ohio research director for the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, where he has worked since 2012. In this role, Aaron oversees a portfolio of research projects aimed at strengthening education policy in Ohio. He also writes regularly on Fordham’s blog, the Ohio Gadfly Daily, and contributes analytic support for Fordham’s charter-sponsorship efforts. Aaron’s research interests include standardized testing and accountability, school evaluation, school funding, educational markets, and human-resource policies. Aaron’s work has appeared in media outlets, such as the Columbus Dispatch, Cleveland Plain-Dealer, and Dayton Daily News. He has also been a guest on NPR’s All Sides with Ann Fisher and The Sound of Ideas. A native of Pittsburgh, Aaron previously worked for Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania, an educational nonprofit that teaches students about entrepreneurship. Aaron earned degrees from the University of Maryland, Wheaton College (IL), and Carnegie Mellon University.