Chris Thorn, Ph.D.

Chief of Program and Partnerships

Chris Thorn, Ph.D. joins Partners after having been the Director of Knowledge Management for the Carnegie Math Pathways, a network of faculty members, researchers, designers, students, and content experts committed to increase student success in developmental mathematics and overall college and career outcomes.

Prior to his time at Carnegie Math Pathways, Thorn was the Director of Knowledge Management and a Senior Research Associate at WestEd.

Dr. Thorn spent more than five years at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, where he directed the Advancing Teaching – Improving Learning (ATIL) program and developed Carnegie’s Center for Networked Improvement.

In addition, Thorn worked at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin Center for Education Research. His work there focused on identifying and addressing organizational and technical gaps in information systems in education, the selection and use of multiple measures of educational effectiveness, and the design and implementation of decision support systems at the state, district, and school levels. Thorn also had both research and hands-on experience with the increasingly complex data requirements of education reform efforts.

Thorn received a B.A. in economics and German language from Indiana University; M.A. in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; M.A. in international relations from The Johns Hopkins University, Nitze School of Advanced International Studies; and doctorate in sociology from the University of Bielefeld, Germany.