David Fleming

David Fleming

Associate Professor, Politics and International Affairs; Senior Researcher, Riley Institute

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David Fleming graduated magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame in 2003 with his B.A. in Political Science. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Joining the Furman University faculty as an Assistant Professor in 2009, Dr. Fleming teaches courses in American politics, political analysis, and public policy. He has led study away programs in Washington, DC and Ireland.

Dr. Fleming’s research interests include education policy, civic education, and political participation. Through his association with the Riley Institute at Furman University, Dr. Fleming is a co-investigator on a five-year evaluation of public Montessori schools in South Carolina.

Dr. Fleming was a Senior Research Associate for the School Choice Demonstration Project’s evaluation of the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program (MPCP). The MPCP is the nation’s oldest and largest urban school voucher program. As the official evaluators of this program, Dr. Fleming and his colleagues examined how school vouchers affect student achievement, graduation rates, parental satisfaction, and a host of other outcomes. Read more about the MPCP project.


  • Ph.D.,University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • B.A., University of Notre Dame


  • Fleming, David J. 2020. “Choice, Voice, and Exit: School Vouchers in Milwaukee. The Journal of School Choice. doi: 10.1080/15582159.2020.1764185.;
  • Fleming, David J., Brooke Culclasure, and Daniel Zhang. 2019. “The Montessori Model and Creativity.” The Journal of Montessori Research. 5(2): 1-14.;
  • Fleming, David J., Stephane Lavertu, and William Crawford. 2018. “High School Options and Post-secondary Student Success: The Catholic School Advantage.” The Journal of Catholic Education. 21(2): 1-25.;
  • Fleming, David J., Joshua M. Cowen, John F. Witte, and Patrick J. Wolf. 2015. “Similar Students, Different Choices: Who Uses a School Voucher in an Otherwise Similar Population of Students?” Education and Urban Society. 47(7): 785-812.;
  • Fleming, David J. 2014. “The Religious and Secular Supply of Schools in Choice Programs.” In New and Better Schools: The Supply Side of School Choice, Michael McShane, Ed. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.;
  • Witte, John F., Patrick J. Wolf, Joshua M. Cowen, Deven E. Carlson, and David J. Fleming. 2014. “High Stakes Choice: Achievement and Accountability in the Nation’s Oldest Urban Voucher Program.” Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis. 36(4): 437–456.;
  • Fleming, David J., William Mitchell, and Michael McNally. 2014. “Can Markets Make Citizens? School Vouchers, Political Tolerance, and Civic Engagement.” Journal of School Choice. 8(2): 213-236.;
  • Fleming, David J. 2014. “Learning from Schools: School Choice, Political Learning, and Policy Feedback.” Policy Studies Journal. 42(1): 55-78.;
  • Cowen, Joshua M., Deven E. Carlson, and David J. Fleming. 2014. “Third-Party Governance and Performance Measurement: The Case of Private School Vouchers.”