Areas of Expertise & Civic Involvements
Manna’s research and teaching explore policy implementation, federalism, bureaucracy, and applied research methods. His main focus is K-12 education. In this broad area he has published work on federal initiatives, including the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and the Race to the Top program, state standards and student performance, school choice, and education governance. He has informed contemporary policy debates by briefing federal, state, and local education officials about these matters, and by working on projects with think tanks from across the political spectrum, such as the Center for American Progress, the American Enterprise Institute, and the Center on Education Policy.