Matthew Gardner Kelly

Curriculum Vitae



Kelly, M.G. (January 2024) Dividing the Public: School Finance and the Creation of Structural Inequity. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.

Articles (* indicates co-authored with graduate students)

Kelly, M.G., & Farrie, D. (accepted). Misrepresented funding gaps in data for some states. Educational Researcher.

Kelly, M.G. & *Maselli, A. (online first). School finance policies, racial disparities, and the educational debt: Egregious evidence from Pennsylvania. Journal of Education Human Resources.

Kelly, M.G. (2022). How to reform without reforming: School district racial composition and Pennsylvania’s “fair” funding formula. Education and Urban Society, 54 (9), 1143-1165.

Kelly, M.G., & *Ayata, F. (2022) State of the states 2022: Pennsylvania, Journal of Education Finance, 47(5), 327-329.

Jimenez-Castellanos, O., Kelly, M.G. & *Carranza, J.L. (2021). Pre- and post-Serrano: Systemic racism, school funding disparities, and Mexican-American communities. Education Law & Policy Review, 6, 49-72.

Kelly, M.G. & Schafft, K. (2021). A “resource curse” for education?: Deepening education disparities in Pennsylvania’s shale gas boomtowns. Society & Natural Resources, 34 (1), 23-39.

Kelly, M.G., *Ayata, F., & *Anderson, J. (2021). State of the states 2021: Pennsylvania. Journal of Education Finance, 46 (3), 345-347.

*Ayata, F., Kelly, M.G., & *Anderson, J. (2021). State of the states 2021: Vermont. Journal of Education Finance, 46 (3), 366-368.

Schafft, K., Maselli, A., Kelly, M.G., Dulaney, K., Howd, L., Gamson, D., Patterson, A., Boggs, B., Frankenberg, E. (2021). Analyzing the effects of COVID-19 on educational equity in rural Pennsylvania school districts. Center for Rural Pennsylvania.

Kelly, M.G. (2020). The curious case of the missing tail: Trends among the top 1% of school districts in the United States, 2000-2015. Educational Researcher. 49 (5), 312-320.

Kelly, M.G. (2020). ‘Theoretically all children are equal. Practically this can never be so’: The history of the district property tax in California and the choice of inequality. Teachers College Record, 122 (2), 1-32.

Kelly, M.G., *Ayata, F., & *Anderson, J. (2020). State of the states 2020: Pennsylvania. Journal of Education Finance, 45 (3), 364-366.

*Ayata, F., Kelly, M.G., & *Anderson, J. (2020). State of the states 2020: Vermont. Journal of Education Finance, 45 (3), 384-385.

Kelly, M.G. & Schafft, K. (2020, February). Fracking has led to a ‘bust’ for Pennsylvania school district finances. The Conversation.

Kelly, M.G. (2019). A map is more than just a graph: Geospatial educational research and the importance of historical context. AERA Open, 5(1), 1-14.

Kelly, M.G. (March, 2019). Charter school cap efforts gain momentum. The Conversation.

Kelly, M.G. (2018). The deep and tangled roots of real estate markets, the state, and public education. Journal of Educational Administration and History, 50(3), 191-203.

Kelly, M.G. (2016). Schoolmaster’s empire: Race, conquest, and the centralization of common schooling in California. History of Education Quarterly, 56(3), 445-472.

Kelly, M.G. (2014). The mythology of schooling: The historiography of American and European education in comparative perspective. Paedagogica Historica: International Journal of the History of Education, 50(6), 756-773.



Contact Me

Thank You, we'll be in touch soon.

Matthew Gardner Kelly