TJ D’Agostino is the faculty program director of the International Education Research Initiative and Assistant Professor of the Practice at the Institute for Educational Initiatives (IEI) at the University of Notre Dame. He conducts comparative and international educational research on education policy, school effectiveness, faith-based schools, early grade literacy policy and programs, and education for integral human development.
D’Agostino has been active in the IEI's research cluster on international education, in collaboration with the Kellogg Insitute. He previously served as associate director of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) Haiti, where he led an initiative to strengthen Catholic education in the country following the 2010 earthquake. The initiative has supported some of the largest and most influential projects in Haitian education, including rebuilding and renewing Holy Cross schools and facilitating the design and implementation of large-scale projects in teacher training and literacy.
He previously taught high school religion and English in Charlotte, NC.
D’Agostino earned a BA and MEd from Notre Dame and a PhD from Vanderbilt University.
D’Agostino, T. J., and Robert Dowd. “Faith-Based Education in Changing Social, Economic, and Political Contexts: Perspectives from Catholic Educators in Kenya.” The Review of Faith & International Affairs, vol. 17, no. 4, Feb. 2019, pp. 76–88.
D’Agostino, T. J., Robert Dowd and John Mugo. "Faith-Based Education in Changing Social, Economic, and Political Contexts: Perspectives from Catholic Educators in Kenya." Symposium: Catholic Schools and the Changing Global Landscape for Faith-Based Education (2019): 76-88
D'Agostino, T. J. "Religious Charter Schools: Are They Constitutionally Permissible?" Journal of School Choice 12, no. 4 (2018): 506-27.
D'Agostino, T. J., and Kowalski, M. "School Improvement in the Digital Age: A Study of the Alliance for Catholic Education Blended Learning Pilot." Journal of Catholic Education 21, no. 2 (2018)
D’agostino, T.J. "Precarious Values in Publicly Funded Religious Schools: The Effects of Government-aid on the Institutional Character of Ugandan Catholic Schools." International Journal of Educational Development 57 (2017): 30-43.
D’Agostino, T. J. "Can Blended Learning Save Catholic Schools?" EdSurge (2014)