Dr. Dustin Hornbeck

Assistant Professor of Leadership and Policy Studies

(901) 678-2369
123 Ball Hall
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About Dr. Hornbeck 

Dustin’s research focuses on dual enrollment, access and equity, democratic schooling, the high school experience, and federalism in education.  Prior to his appointment as an assistant professor, Dustin was a postdoctoral research fellow in Austin, TX where he studied how dual enrollment and early college policies affect students, teachers, and the public school system as part of a research team in Texas funded by a Spencer Foundation grant.    

Prior to academia, Dustin taught in several high schools in Ohio, where he served as teachers union president in the Dayton Metropolitan area, as well as in administrative capacities. 

Dustin earned a master's degree in history and government as a James Madison fellow, focusing on the legacy of American Constitutionalism. He earned a Ph.D. in educational leadership, culture, and curriculum at Miami University where he focused his studies on educational policy.  


  • Ph.D. Miami University, 2018
  • James Madison Fellow of Constitutional Studies, Georgetown University, 2015
  • M.A. History and Government, Ashland University, 2015
  • M.A. Secondary Education, The University of Findlay, 2008
  • B.A. History, The Ohio State University, 2007 

Sample Publications 

  • Malin, J. & Hornbeck D. (2021). Socially mediated, historical knowledge mobilization and contestation in the United States. Evidence and Policy, 174426421X16328406523829. 
  • Hornbeck, D. (2021) Teachers unions’ and dual enrollment policy in collective bargaining agreements. Educational Policy, 08959048211015610.  
  • Hornbeck, D., Knight Abowitz, K., & Saultz, A. (2019). Virtual charter schools and the democratic aims of education. Journal of Education and Culture, 35(2) 3-26.  
  • Hornbeck, D., & Malin, J. R. (2019). State auditors in education policy. Educational Policy, 33(7) 1047-1075.
  • Hornbeck, D. (2019). Dewey and Bourdieu: Experience, habit and a new direction for education reform. Journal of Educational Thought, 52(1), 57-75.  
  • Hornbeck, D., & Malin, J. R. (2019). Superintendents’ perceptions of the influence of a statewide dual enrollment policy on local educational programming. International Journal of Educational Reform, 28(3), 253-277.
  • Hornbeck, D. (2018). Democratic representation in state content standards: Voting rights, gerrymandering, and voter suppression. The High School Journal, 101(4), 251-274.  
  • Hornbeck, D. (2017). Seeking civic virtue: Two views of the philosophy and history of federalism in U.S. education. Journal of Thought, 51(3/4), 52-68