TJ D'Agostino

Assistant Professor of the Practice

TJ D'Agostino

Hesburgh Center for International Studies
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556

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TJ D'Agostino

Assistant Professor of the Practice


Comparative education policy; educational development; education and inequality; faith-based institutions and education

At the Keough School

TJ D’Agostino, EdD is an assistant professor of the practice in the Pulte Institute for Global Development within the Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame. D’Agostino is also a fellow of the Keough School’s Kellogg Institute for International Studies.


Research and Publications

TJ D’Agostino’s scholarship focuses on comparative education policy and an examination of systems and institutions and their role in improving educational outcomes for vulnerable children in low- and middle-income contexts. His scholarship and policy and practice engagement focus on the role and contributions of faith-based institutions and how they fit within comparative policy contexts and school and systems improvement with an emphasis on language, literacy, inclusion, and at-risk youth.

His research has examined the role of faith-based educational institutions in Africa and Latin America and explored how the institutional context shapes and influences the institutional character and contributions of faith-based education. The other major strand in his research and policy engagement is in the area of systems improvement and educational policy in low-resource settings, with a focus on vulnerable children, foundational skills development, and systems-improvement. His recent work in this area focuses on language in education policy and its intersection with foundational literacy and implementation research exploring how to improve the consistent impact of promising interventions to improve student outcomes at scale.

Recent Work


D’Agostino has worked at the intersection of research, policy, and practice in educational development for nearly twenty years. He currently is a co-principal investigator for a USAID-funded global education research grant called SHARE (Supporting Holistic and Actionable Research in Education), where he leads cross-national studies on language and literacy policy and language and education policy for deaf-students across nine countries in Africa and Asia. He is a fellow of Notre Dame’s Institute for Educational Initiatives.

Previously, D’Agostino founded and co-led Notre Dame’s educational engagements in Haiti from 2010 to 2020, during which time he helped grow programs and research in early grade reading, teacher training, and systems strengthening. He holds a doctorate in education leadership and policy from Vanderbilt University’s Peabody School of Education and a BA and MEd from Notre Dame.