Faculty Portrait

Contact Information

Name: Frank Adamson

Title: Associate Professor of Education Policy and Leadership Studies

Office Location: Eureka 220

Email: adamson@csus.edu

Office Phone: +1 (916) 278-4639‬

Mailing Address: Eureka Hall 220, MS 6079, 6000 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95819

Office Hours: By appt.

About Dr. Frank Adamson

Dr. Adamson studies how different political and economic approaches to education relate to student experiences and opportunity in schools and communities. His latest research examines international and U.S. saturation levels of education privatization and implications for education equity. Adamson’s volume Global Education Reform compares the approaches of privatization and public investment to education policy in six countries. His latest volume, Realizing the Abidjan Principles on the Right to Education: Human Rights, Public Education, and the Role of Private Actors in Education, will be published in June 2021.

Dr. Adamson has also studied the impact of charter school reform on students and communities in both Oakland and New Orleans. Previously, he published on the adoption of assessments of deeper learning and 21st-century skills at the state, national, and international levels, as well as on teacher salary differences within metropolitan labor markets in New York and California. Adamson has also completed studies for the USDOE, OECD, IEA, and UNESCO, including analyses of PISA and TIMSS, and has authored or co-authored 4 books, over 40 publications, and various multimedia. 

Curriculum Vitae



Stanford University
International Comparative Education

Stanford University

Haverford College
Comparative Literature (French and English)



Senior Policy and Research Analyst & Postdoctoral Scholar

Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE)

Research and Teaching Assistant

Stanford University Graduate School of Education

Research Associate

SRI International

Research Team Leader

World Learning - Benin

Research Assistant & Associate

American Institutes for Research (AIR) 

A.P. English and American Literature Teacher (11th grade)

Christchurch Episcopal School


Courses Taught (Doctoral Level)

  • Introduction to Educational Research

  • Qualitative Research Methods

  • Quantitative Research Methods

  • Finance and Budget for Educational Leaders

  • Issues in Educational Leadership: Synthesis and Application

  • Dissertation Proposal Seminar