Profile: Chris Torres
Chris Torres is an assistant professor of K-12 educational administration in the College of Education at Michigan State University. Before joining academia, he was an elementary school teacher in the Bronx and Harlem. As a graduate student, he worked as a teacher educator, consultant for Charter Management Organizations, and volunteered as a board chair and trustee of a standalone charter school in the Bronx.
Dr. Torres uses qualitative approaches to study the implementation of school choice and accountability policies in traditionally marginalized communities. He is particularly interested in how organizational working conditions are formed and experienced in schools, and how these conditions affect school improvement efforts and teacher/leader supply and turnover. For example, he examines how working conditions in charter schools influence the career decisions of teachers and leaders, including their views of the profession and implications for the experiences of minoritized students in these spaces. He also studies the role of district governance and leadership in school improvement, policy implementation, and school turnaround efforts. Across his work, Dr. Torres focuses on how the experiences and insights of educators can inform leadership and policy.