VickVickiAlgeri E. (Murray) Alger, Ph.D., is the president and CEO of Vicki Murray & Associates, LLC. She is also a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute in Oakland, California, where she is working on a book examining the history of the U.S. Department of Education.
Vicki has more than a decade of education policy experience. She has advised the U.S. Department of Education on elementary, secondary, and postsecondary education reform. Vicki has also advised Members of Congress, education policymakers in more than 30 states, provided expert testimony before state legislative education committees, and served on two national accountability task forces. Her research has also been used as part of successful legal defenses of education reform programs in the U.S. Supreme Court as well as state and county courts.
Vicki has held education directorships at the Pacific Research Institute in Sacramento, California, and the Goldwater Institute in Phoenix, Arizona, and her research helped inspire numerous pieces of K-12 and higher education legislation. Vicki’s research and commentary on education policy have been widely published and cited in leading national media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, Investor’s Business Daily,,Human EventsLa Opinion, and the Los Angeles Times. She has also appeared on the Fox News Channel, local ABC, CBS, NBC, and PBS affiliates, as well as news radio programs across the country.
Prior to her career in education policy, Vicki taught college-level courses in American politics, English composition and rhetoric, and early British literature, and has lectured at universities nationwide, including the U.S. Military Academy, West Point. Vicki received her Ph.D. in political philosophy from the Institute of Philosophic Studies at the University of Dallas, where she was an Earhart Foundation Fellow.