WILL Press Release | WILL Announces New Education Research Director as Organization Continues to Grow

Will Flanders, Ph.D., will focus research on Wisconsin, national education reform

January 6, 2016 – Milwaukee, WI – The Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty has announced the hiring of Will Flanders as Education Research Director. Dr. Flanders’ research will primarily focus on education reform policy in Wisconsin as well as in other states. Flanders’ hire follows WILL’s recent announcement that national commentator and attorney, Mario Loyola, joined the organization last month as Senior Fellow, focusing his research on federalism and constitutional law.

Dr. Flanders replaces Marty Lueken, Ph.D., who recently joined the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice as Director of Fiscal Policy and Analysis. While with the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty, Dr. Lueken’s research was integral to studies and reports that examined Wisconsin K-12 education policy, state budget and fiscal policy, and labor law reforms.

WILL Vice President for Policy and Deputy Counsel CJ Szafir noted that, “Dr. Flanders will be an excellent addition to WILL. As our organization continues to grow, so does our research and legal capacity and that means bringing in talent that can provide policymakers and opinion leaders original research that will guide them as they craft public policy.”

Dr. Flanders earned his Ph.D. in Political Science with a specialization in American Politics and Public Policy from Florida State University, as well as an M.S. in Political Science and an M.S. in Applied American Politics and Policy.

“I’m very excited to join such a good team at WILL and be a part of the work they’re doing impacting public policy and the law in Wisconsin. WILL is a top-tier, reputable organization and Wisconsin itself continues to be a leader in innovative public policy,” said Flanders.

Dr. Flanders has extensive experience in econometric analysis and has applied these skills in fields as diverse as public policy and political psychology.

He is a Georgia native and recently moved to the Milwaukee area from Florida with his wife Jessica and their three dogs.


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