Jason Giersch

Jason Giersch

Political Science- PPOL Class of 2012

Dr. Giersch is an associate professor who teaches courses on American politics, research methods, state and local politics, politics & film, and education policy. He is also the associate director of the university’s Public Policy program. His research focuses on education policy, specifically the areas of school choice, high-stakes testing, segregation, and teacher quality, as well as political ideology and how it affects individuals’ interpretations of messages in various contexts. Prior to joining the faculty at UNC Charlotte, Dr. Giersch taught in public, private, and charter high schools. He also taught at the college level in Pennsylvania and in Nairobi, Kenya. He has served on the boards of the North Carolina Association for Research in Education and the North Carolina Political Science Association.

Giersch CV July 2023


Giersch, Jason (2023). “Through the Lens of Ideology: Asymmetry in Expectations of Movie Quality,” The Social Science Journal.

Giersch, Jason, Carina Carlhed Ydhag, and Vesa Korhonen (2021). “Motivations to teach in Finland, Sweden, and the United States.” Nordic Studies in Education, 41(1), 62—79.

Giersch, Jason, Martha Kropf, and Elizabeth Stearns (2020). “Unequal Returns to Education: How Women Teachers Narrow the Gender Gap in Political Knowledge among Students.” The Journal of Politics.

Stearns, Elizabeth, Martha Bottia, Jason Giersch, Roslyn Mickelson, Stephanie Moller, Nandan Jha, and Melissa Dancy (2020). “Do Relative Advantages  in STEM Grades Explain the Gender Gap in Selection of a STEM Major in College? A Multimethod Answer.” American Educational Research Journal.

Giersch, Jason (2019). “‘Desperately Afraid of Losing White Parents’: Charter Schools and Segregation.” Race Ethnicity and Education.

Giersch, Jason, Martha Cecilia Bottia, Elizabeth Stearns, Roslyn Mickelson, and Stephanie Moller (2019). “The Predictive Role of School Performance Indicators on Students’ College Achievement,” Educational Policy.

Giersch, Jason & Christopher Dong (2018). “Principals’ preferences when hiring teachers: a conjoint experiment.” Journal of Educational Administration56(4), 429-444.

Giersch, Jason & Christopher Dong (2018). “Required Civics Courses, Civics Exams, and Voter Turnout,” Social Science Journal55(2), pp. 160-170.

Giersch, Jason (2018). “Academic Tracking, High-Stakes Tests, and Preparing Students for College: How Inequality Persists within Schools,” Educational Policy, 32(7), 907–935.

Bottia, Martha Cecilia, Roslyn Arlin Mickelson, Jason Giersch, Elizabeth Stearns, & Stephanie Moller (2018). “The Role of High School Racial Composition and Opportunities to Learn in Students’ STEM College Participation,” Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 55(3), 446—476.

Giersch, Jason (2016).  A Test of Personal and Social Utility Values and the Appeal of a Career in Teaching,” Educational Research for Policy and Practice, 15(3), 163-173.

Giersch, Jason, Martha Cecilia Bottia, Roslyn Arlin Mickelson, & Elizabeth Stearns (2016). “Exposure to School and Classroom Segregation in Charlotte-Mecklenburg High Schools and Students’ College Achievement,” Education Policy Analysis Archives, 24(32).

Bottia, Martha Cecilia, Jason Giersch, Roslyn Arlin Mickelson, Elizabeth Stearns, & Stephanie Moller (2016). “Distributive Justice Antecedents of Race and Gender Disparities in First-Year College Performance,” Social Justice Research, 29(1), 35-72.

Giersch, Jason (2015). “New Trends in Academic Achievement among Teachers,” Journal of Applied Educational and Policy Research1(1), 74-83.

Whitaker, Beth & Jason Giersch, (2015). “Political Competition and Attitudes toward Immigration: Evidence from Africa.” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies41(10), 1536-1557.

Giersch, Jason (2014). “Effects of Vacation Properties on Local Education Budgets,” Cogent Economics and Finance2(1), 1-9.

Giersch, Jason (2014). “Vouchers for Religious Schools and the Development of Democratic Values,” The Educational Forum78(2), 142-149.

Mickelson, Roslyn, Jason Giersch, Elizabeth Stearns, & Stephanie Moller (2013). “How (and Why) NCLB Failed to Close the Achievement Gap: Evidence from North Carolina, 1998-2004,” ECI Interdisciplinary Journal for Legal and Social Policy3(1), 1-25.

Giersch, Jason (2012). “Aiming for Giants: Charter School Legislation and the Power of Teacher Unions,” Education and Urban Society46(6), 653-671.

Giersch, Jason (2009). “Lessons in Ethics in American High Schools: Getting out the Wrong Message,” Public Integrity11(3), 251-260.

Whitaker, Beth & Jason Giersch (2009). “Voting on (More than) a Constitution: Implications for Democracy in Kenya,” Journal of Contemporary African Studies27(1), 1-20.


Mickelson, Roslyn Arlin, Jason Giersch, Amy Hawn Nelson, and Martha Cecilia Bottia (2018). Do Charter Schools Undermine Efforts to Create Racially and Socioeconomically Diverse Public Schools? In Iris Rotberg and Joshua Glazerman (Eds.), Choosing Charters: Better Schools or More Segregation? New York: Teachers College Press.


Giersch, Jason (2018, July 2) Review of the book Are Charters Different? Public Education, Teachers, and the Charter School Debate, by Zachary Oberfield. in Teachers College Press.

Fall 2012

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