William Jeynes

Dr. Jeynes is a Professor of Education at California State University, Long Beach and has graduate degrees from Harvard University and the University of Chicago. He graduated first in his class from Harvard University and received the Rosenberger Award at the University of Chicago for being named as his cohort's most outstanding student. He has about 185 academic publications, including 120+ articles, 17 books, and 49 book chapters. His articles have appeared in journals by Columbia University, Harvard University (two Harvard journals), the University of Chicago, Cambridge University, Notre Dame University, the London School of Economics, and other prestigious academic journals. He has also written for the White House and for three presidential administrations.

He is a well-known public speaker having spoken in 49 states in the country and in every inhabited continent. He has spoken for the White House, the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, the National Press Club, UN delegates, members of Congress, the Acting President of South Korea, Harvard University, Cambridge University, Oxford University, Columbia University, Duke University, Notre Dame University, Peking University, Moscow State University, and many other well known universities. He has spoken for three presidential administrations and interacted with President G. W. Bush and President Obama. He has also spoken for former members of the Clinton administration. He has advised or consulted for the White House, the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, and the U.S. Department of Education. He has served as an advisor, consultant, and/or speech writer for many prominent U.S. government leaders, including several presidential candidates, the UN, some members of the G20, and the EU.

He has been an advisor and consultant for both the U.S. & South Korean governments. His 4-point plan presented to the Acting President of South Korea passed the Korean Parliament and became the core of that nation's 1998 economic stimulus legislation, which helped it emerge from the greatest Asian economic crisis since World War II. As part of the plan, Dr. Jeynes asserted that South Korea should build a high-tech city (which he termed Korea's Brasilia), now called Songdo, which now has South Korea's highest concentration of skyscrapers of 500 feet to over 1000 feet tall. South Korea grew out of the crisis faster than any other Asian nation with a GDP increase of 22% over the period of the next two years. He also changed the minds of the South Korean leaders by having them direct most of the stimulus package toward the poorer sections of South Korea, rather than toward wealthy corporations. He believed that this would serve the dual purposes of showing love and providing a stronger stimulus to the economy.

Dr. Jeynes has been interviewed or quoted by the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the London Times, the Associated Press (AP), CNN, CBS, ABC, NBC, FOX, Time Warner Cable, Spectrum, MSNBC, Al JazeeraU.S. News & World Report, USA Today, Newsweek Japan, the AtlanticEducation Week, Politico, the Japan Times, the Tehran Times, Educational Leadership, and many other media outlets. His work has been cited and quoted numerous times by the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the British Parliament, the EU, and many State Supreme Courts across the United States. Dr. Jeynes has worked with and spoken for the Harvard Family Research Project. He received the "Distinguished Scholar Award" from his present university, the California State Senate, and the California State Assembly. He was given the "Distinguished Achievement Award" from an arm of the American Educational Research Association. He is also a Senior Fellow for the Witherspoon Institute in Princeton, New Jersey. Dr. Jeynes wrote the #1 and #2 all-time most cited articles in the over half century history of the journal Urban Education. He also wrote the #1 all-time most cited article in the 50+ year history of the journal Education & Urban Society. He periodically writes columns in the Orange County Register, the nation's 14th largest newspaper. His artcles have been republished and highlighted in Yahoo NewsReal Clear Politics, and countless other publications. Dr. Jeynes also gained admission in Who's Who in the World every year of its publication for the last 16 consecutive years.

Ph.D., University of Chicago (Rosenberger Award)

Ed.M., Harvard University (graduated first in his class)

Dr. Jeynes’ research interests cover a wide range of issues in part because he has degrees or emphases in a wide range of fields that include education, psychology, economics, history, religion, and sociology. His multidisciplinary approach has helped enable him to develop special relationships with the US and Korean governments. It is therefore not surprising that he is very interested in how research can be applied to public policy. He has done a considerable amount of quantitative and qualitative research on how to bridge the achievement gap, parental involvement, religious commitment, historical trends, school choice, family structure, religious schools, discrimination, bullying, reading instruction, and public policy. He has served as an advisor and witness in an attempt to pass important legislation and has regularly written portions of amicus briefs submitted to various state supreme courts across the country.

*Representative Books

Jeynes, William. (2020). Reducing School Shootings. Cham, Switzerland:


Jeynes, William. (2019). Eliminating the Achievement Gap. Lanham, MD:

  Rowman & Littlefield/Lexington.

Jeynes, William, ed. (2018). Handbook of Christianity & Education.

  New York:  Wiley/Blackwell.

Jeynes, William. (2014). School Choice:  A Balanced Approach.

  Santa Barbara, CA:  Praeger.

Jeynes, William. (2011). Parental Involvement & Academic Success. New York:

  Taylor & Francis/Routledge.

Jeynes, William, ed. (2010). Family Factors and the Academic Success of

  Children. New York:  Taylor & Francis/Routledge.

Jeynes, William. (2010). A Call for Character Education and Prayer in the Schools

  Westport, CT:  Praeger.

Jeynes, William. (2007). American Educational History:  School,

  Society & the Common Good. Thousand Oaks, CA:  Sage.

Jeynes, William. (2002). Divorce, Family Structure, and the Academic Success of

  Children. Binghamton, New York:  Haworth Press.

*Representative Articles-

Jeynes, William. (2018). A Practical Model for School Leaders to

  encourage Parental Involvement and Parental Engagement.

  School Leadership and Management, 38 (2), 147-163.

Jeynes, William. (2017). A Meta-Analysis:  The Relationship Between 

 Parental Involvement and Latino Student Outcomes.    

  Education & Urban Society, 49 (1), 1-28.

Jeynes, William. (2015). A Meta-Analysis on the Factors that Best 

  Reduce the Achievement Gap. Education & Urban Society47(5), 523-554.

Jeynes, William. (2015). A Meta-Analysis:  The Relationship Between 

  Father Involvement and Student Academic Achievement. Urban Education, 

  50, (4), 387-423.

Jeynes, William. (2014). Parental Involvement that Works… Because it’s 

  Age-Appropriate. Kappa Delta Pi Record, 50 (2), 85-88.

Jeynes, William. (2012). A Meta-Analysis of the Efficacy of 

   Different Types of Parental Involvement Programs for Urban Students.

    Urban Education47, (4), 706-742.

Jeynes, William & Beuttler, Fred. (2012). What Private & Public Schools Can Learn from Each Other.

  Peabody Journal of Education, 87 (3), 285-304.

Jeynes, William. (2012). A Meta-analysis on the Effects & Contributions of Public,

  Public Charter and Religious Schools on Student Outcomes.

  Peabody Journal of Education, 87 (3), 305-335.

Jeynes, William. (2012). Reaching out to make a difference.

  Phi Delta Kappan, 93 (5), 80

Jeynes, William. (2011). Fostering Parental Involvement Among Some of the 

  Students Who Need It the Most. Phi Delta Kappan, 93 (3), 38-39.

Jeynes, William. (2010). The Salience of the Subtle Aspects of Parental  

  Involvement and Encouraging that Involvement:  Implications for School-Based

  Programs. Teachers College Record, 112 (3). 747-774.

 Jeynes, William. (2009). The Relationship between Bible Literacy and Academic

  Achievement and School Behavior. Education & Urban Society, 41 (4), 419-436.

Jeynes, William. (2008). What We Should and Should Not Learn from

  the Japanese and other East Asian Education Systems? Educational Policy,

  22 (6), 900-927.

 Jeynes, William. (2007). The Relationship Between Parental Involvement

  and Urban Secondary School Student Academic Achievement:  A Meta-Analysis. 

  Urban Education, 42 (1), 82-110.

Jeynes, William. (2006). Standardized Tests and the True Meaning

  of Kindergarten and Preschool. Teachers College Record, 108 (10), 1937-1959.

Jeynes, William. (2006). The Impact of Parental Remarriage on Children:  A 

  Meta-Analysis. Marriage and Family Review, 40 (4), 75-102.

Jeynes, William.(2005).The Effects of Parental Involvement on the Academic Achievement of African American

Youth. Journal of Negro Education, 74 (3), 260-274.

Jeynes, William. (2005). A Meta-Analysis: Parental Involvement and

  Secondary Student Educational Outcomes.  Evaluation Exchange of the Harvard

  Family Research Project, 10 (4), 6.

Jeynes, William. (2005). A Meta-Analysis of the Relation of Parental

  Involvement to Urban Elementary School Student Academic Achievement.

  Urban Education, 40, (3), 237-269.

Jeynes, William. (2003). A Meta-analysis:  The Effects of Parental  Involvement on Minority Children’s Academic

 Achievement. Education & Urban Society, 35 (2), 202-218.

Jeynes, William. (2003). The Effects of Black and Hispanic Twelfth Graders Living in Intact Families and being

 Religious on their Academic Achievement. Urban Education, 38 (1), 35-57.

 Jeynes, William. (2002). A Meta-Analysis of the Effects of Attending Religious

   Schools And Religiosity On Black And Hispanic Academic Achievement.

   Education & Urban Society, 35 (1), 27-49.

 Jeynes, William. (2002). Educational Policy and the Effects of Attending a

   Religious School on the Academic Achievement of Children. Educational

   Policy, 16 (3), 406-424.

Jeynes, William. (2002). Does Widowhood or Remarriage Have the Greater  

 Impact on the Academic Achievement of Children? Omega:  Journal of Death and 

 Dying, 44 (3), 319-343.

Jeynes, William. (2002). The Relationship between the Consumption of Various Drugs by Adolescents and their

  Academic Achievement. The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 28 (1), 1-21.

Jeynes, William. (2001). The Effects of Recent Parental Divorce on Their

  Children’s Consumption of Alcohol. Journal of Youth and Adolescence,

  30 (3), 305-319.

Jeynes, William & Littell, Stephen. (2000). A Meta-analysis of Studies

  Examining the Effect of Whole Language Instruction on the Literacy

  of Low-SES Students. Elementary School Journal, 101 (1), 21-33.

Jeynes, William. (2000). Assessing School Choice:  A Balanced

  Perspective. Cambridge Journal of Education, 30 (2), 223-241.

Jeynes, William. (2000). The Effects of Several of the Most Common Family

  Structures on the Academic Achievement of Eighth Graders.

  Marriage and Family Review, 30 (1/2), 73-97.

Jeynes, William. (1999). The Effects of Religious Commitment on

  the Academic Achievement of Black and Hispanic Children. Urban

  Education, 34 (4), 458-479.

Jeynes, William. (1999). The Effects of Remarriage Following Divorce on the

  Academic Achievement of Children. Journal of Youth and Adolescence,

  28 (3), 385-393.

*Representative Book Chapters

Because the list of publications is rather long, please contact Dr. Jeynes regarding book chapters that he has written. His chapters have appeared primarily in books by the following publishers:  Sage, Springer, NYU, and Praeger.

Dr. Jeynes is currently the Chair of the Department Retention, Tenure & Promotion (RTP) Committee.

For 3 years Dr. Jeynes served as the primary data analyst for assessing the effectiveness of the Teacher Education program via performing statistical analysis and writing a 100 page report for NCATE on the results of the analyses.

Dr. Jeynes has served on many committees that are too numerous to list here

Dr. Jeynes is conducting meta-analyses on a variety of topics and is working on some new books as well, including helping families be more successful in the home and school choice. He regularly presents on the ongoing progress of his meta-analyses, because they generally each take about 3 years to complete. Dr. Jeynes has a very special relationship with a research arm of Princeton University and works very closely with them.