James Sebastian is an affiliated researcher of the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research. He is currently working with researchers at the Consortium to examine the ways in which principals affect student achievement in their schools. Sebastian's research interests include the study of school leadership, organizational theory and behavior, organizational learning, and urban school reform. Focusing primarily in quantitative methods, including the application of multilevel and latent variable models, he is also interested in the application of mixed-methods and qualitative comparative analysis in examining leadership and school organization.
Sebastian received his PhD in educational leadership and policy analysis from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is currently an assistant professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia.