Christopher R. Berry's research focuses on the political economy of American local government, education policy, and economic development. He is currently conducting several projects that examine how the political organization of state and local government influence fiscal policy and economic performance.
His other research addresses the role of political parties in coordinating policy across layer of government, the effect of test scores on board elections, zoning and residential segregation, and the use of alternative financial service institutions by low-income households.
Before coming to the Harris School, Berry was a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University in the Department of Government's Program on Education Policy and Governance.
Berry is active in community development, and was formerly a Director in the MetroEdge division of Shorebank, America's oldest and largest community development financial institution.