Dr Bronwyn Hinz received her PhD from the University of Melbourne in 2016. Her thesis examined the influence of federalism on school funding and policy reform and was jointly supervised by the School of Social and Political Sciences and the Melbourne Graduate School of Education. Prior to joining the Mitchell Institute she worked for the Education Foundation, the Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria, two federal politicians, and the University of Melbourne, where she taught public policy and Australian politics. She has also spent several months as a Visiting Scholar at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City conducting comparative research on schooling policies in the United States and Canada.

Her research has won multiple national and international awards and her analysis frequently appears in print and broadcast media and is cited in scholarly publications. Her latest report is Quality Early Education for All, and she has two forthcoming book chapters (publication in 2016 and 2017), one on federalism and policy coherence across the education continuum in Australia, and another exploring issues of innovation, accountability and intergovernmental relations in schooling policy. Her first book, Many Hopes, One Dream, was published by Australian Scholarly Publishing in 2009 and launched by former prime minister Malcolm Fraser. Other publications includes the chapter on education policies for the 2014 edition of Australian Social Policy, published by Oxford University Press and a paper evaluating the schooling reforms options proposed as part of the White Paper on the Reform of the Federation. For two years (2014-2016) Bronwyn was also Vice President of a public, community-run preschool in outer Melbourne.