Eric Wearne

Dr. Eric Wearne

Associate Professor of Educational Foundations

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Eric Wearne is an assistant professor in the School of Education at Georgia Gwinnett College, where he teaches courses in educational assessment and foundations. His work focuses on school choice and education policy. 

Prior to joining the GGC faculty, Wearne led the research and data analysis efforts of the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA) in Atlanta for several years, first as director of data analysis, and then as deputy director. At GOSA, Wearne managed the publication of the annual State Report Card and Scoreboard, facilitated several Georgia-specific research projects and played a major role in planning and conducting statewide audits of standardized testing practices in Georgia's public schools. He also served as Governor Sonny Perdue’s representative to the National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB), which guides the development and reporting of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), commonly known as “the Nation’s Report Card.” 

Before joining GOSA, Wearne served as a university supervisor for the Division of Educational Studies at Emory University, mentoring and evaluating student teachers in the Atlanta, Fulton and DeKalb school systems. As a graduate student, he was named a Woodruff Fellow by Emory and a Dan Searle Fellow by the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University, and taught undergraduate courses in education policy and history.

Wearne’s work has been published by the Journal of School Choice, the Cato Institute, and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, among others. Wearne has served as a teacher, advisor, or grant reviewer for charter, private, and traditional public schools, and has done extensive work with homeschoolers. He began his career teaching English and debate at Duluth High School in Gwinnett County, and holds a Ph.D. in educational studies from Emory University, a M.A. in English education from the University of Georgia and a B.A. in English from Florida State University.


  • Doctorate – educational studies – Emory University
  • Master's – English education – University of Georgia
  • Bachelor's – English – Florida State University

Academic Interests

  • Education policy
  • History of American education
  • School choice


  • Woodruff Fellowship, Emory University
  • Dan Searle Fellowship, Institute for Humane Studies, George Mason University


  • University of Georgia 40 Under 40 Class of 2014
  • Emory University George W. Woodruff Fellowship

Professional Affiliations

  • Association for Education Finance and Policy
  • Michael Oakeshott Association
  • Philosophy, Politics and Economics Society