Marc J. Holley, Ph.D., is an adjunct fellow at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. Holley is the author of "A Teacher Quality Primer," a 2008 book on market-based reforms to improve teacher quality. He earned his doctorate in public policy from the University of Arkansas, where he is a research fellow in the Department of Education Reform.

Holley has also conducted research on teacher quality, school consolidation, educational technology and school finance as a senior research associate at the Office for Education Policy, a nonpartisan education policy research institute housed at the University of Arkansas. In addition to publishing research in peer-reviewed publications, conducting program evaluations and contributing opinion pieces on education reform to multiple magazines and newspapers, he has worked with the Institute of Education Sciences' What Works Clearinghouse.

Holley's experience in education includes six years as a school administrator and teacher. He also served for two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Romania. Holley holds a master of education degree in Education Administration and Policy from the University of Georgia and an A.B., cum laude, in classics from Harvard University.