Experts

The Center's research scientists are leaders in the field of economics and other social sciences as they relate to education policy research. Together, our substantive interests span the full field of education policy research: state and local education finance, school accountability, standards and assessment, teacher recruitment and retention, teacher quality, school administration, child development, early childhood education, special education, childhood poverty, higher education, segregation, school choice, and school incentives. For more information about our research partners please click on the names below.

  • Dan Goldhaber

    Dan Goldhaber

    Director, CALDER
    Vice-President, American Institutes for Research
    dgoldhaber@air.org
    Full Bio

    Areas of Expertise

    • Teacher Quality
    • Teacher Labor Markets
    • Teacher pay and licensure & the effects of accountability systems and market competition on K-12 schooling
  • Jane Hannaway

    Jane Hannaway

    AIR Institute Fellow
    McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University, American Institutes for Research
    jhannaway@air.org
    Full Bio

    Areas of Expertise

    • Federal & State Education Policy
    • Organization Structure
    • School Finance
    • Incentives
    • Teacher Labor Markets
  • Jane Hannaway

    Jane Hannaway

    AIR Institute Fellow
    McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University, American Institutes for Research
    jhannaway@air.org
    Full Bio

    Areas of Expertise

    • Federal & State Education Policy
    • Organization Structure
    • School Finance
    • Incentives
    • Teacher Labor Markets

Washington, D.C. Research Team

  • Zeyu Xu

    Zeyu Xu

    Principal Researcher
    Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research Program, American Institutes for Research
    zxu@air.org
    Full Bio

    Areas of Expertise

    • Teacher Labor Markets
    • Teacher Quality
    • Value-added Modeling
  • Umut Özek

    Umut Özek

    Principal Researcher
    Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research Program, American Institutes for Research
    uozek@air.org
    Full Bio

    Areas of Expertise

    • Education and Health Policy
    • School Choice
    • School Desegregation
  • Harry Holzer

    Harry Holzer

    Professor of Economics
    Senior Fellow Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings Institute, Georgetown University
    hjh4@georgetown.edu
    Full Bio

    Areas of Expertise

    • Postsecondary Education
    • Low-wage Labor Market
    • Less-educated Workers
  • Benjamin Backes

    Benjamin Backes

    Researcher
    Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research Program, American Institutes for Research
    bbackes@air.org
    Full Bio

    Areas of Expertise

    • Labor Economics
    • Public Economics
    • Education Economics
  • Kris Holden

    Kristian Holden

    Researcher
    Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research Program, American Institutes for Research
    kholden@air.org
    Full Bio

    Areas of Expertise

    • Labor Economics
    • Education Economics

Florida Research Team

  • David Figlio

    David Figlio

    Orrington Lunt Professor of Education & Social Policy; Professor of Economics
    Faculty Fellow, Institute for Policy Research, Northwestern University
    figlio@northwestern.edu
    Full Bio

    Areas of Expertise

    • School Accountability
    • School Finance
    • School Vouchers
    • Testing Policy
    • Education and Health Policy
  • Tim Sass

    Tim Sass

    Professor
    Department of Economics, Georgia State University
    tsass@gsu.edu
    Full Bio

    Areas of Expertise

    • Classroom Peer Effects
    • School Competition
    • Special Education
    • Teacher Quality
    • Value-added Modeling

Missouri Research Team

  • Michael Podgursky

    Michael Podgursky

    Principal Investigator
    Middlebush Professor of Economics, University of Missouri-Columbia
    podgurskym@missouri.edu
    Full Bio

    Areas of Expertise

    • Teacher Labor Markets and Teacher Quality
    • Organizational Behavior of Traditional Public
    • Private and Charter Schools
  • Cory Koedel

    Cory Koedel

    Senior Researcher
    Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Missouri
    koedelc@missouri.edu
    Full Bio

    Areas of Expertise

    • Teacher Quality
    • Value-added Modeling
    • Teacher Compensation
    • Teacher Pensions
    • Curriculum Evaluation
    • School Choice
    • Teacher Quality

New York Research Team

  • Susanna Loeb

    Susanna Loeb

    Principal Investigator- New York
    Director, Center for Education Policy Analysis, Stanford University
    sloeb@stanford.edu
    Full Bio

    Areas of Expertise

    • School Finance
    • Pathways to Teaching
    • School Resource Allocation
    • Teacher Labor Markets
    • Teacher Quality
  • Hamilton Lankford

    Hamilton Lankford

    Senior Researcher
    Professor of Economics & Educational Administration & Policy, University at Albany, SUNY
    hamp@albany.edu
    Full Bio

    Areas of Expertise

    • School Choice
    • School Funding
    • Teacher Careers
    • Teacher Salaries
  • James Wyckoff

    James Wyckoff

    Senior Researcher
    Professor at Curry School of Education, University of Virginia
    wyckoff@virginia.edu
    Full Bio

    Areas of Expertise

    • Pathways to Teaching
    • Teacher Labor Markets
    • School Choice
    • School Resource Allocation
    • Special Education Funding
  • Luke Miller

    Luke Miller

    Affiliated Researcher
    Research Assistant Professor, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia
    lmiller@virginia.edu
    Full Bio

    Areas of Expertise

    • Rural Education
    • State & National Teacher Policy
    • Teacher Labor Markets

North Carolina Research Team

  • Helen Ladd

    Helen Ladd

    Principal Investigator- North Carolina
    Edgar T. Thompson Professor of Public Policy Studies & Economics, Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy-Duke University
    helen.ladd@duke.edu
    Full Bio

    Areas of Expertise

    • Accountability
    • Achievement
    • School Finance
    • Market Based School Reform
    • School Choice
    • Teacher Quality
  • Charles Clotfelter

    Charles Clotfelter

    Senior Researcher
    Z. Smith Reynolds Professor of Public Policy Studies, Professor of Economics & Law, Duke University
    charles.clotfelter@duke.edu
    Full Bio

    Areas of Expertise

    • Accountability
    • Achievement
    • Higher Education
    • Racial/Ethnic Inequalities
    • School Desegregation
    • School Finance

Texas Research Team

  • Eric Hanushek

    Eric Hanushek

    Principal Investigator - Texas
    Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University
    hanushek@stanford.edu
    Full Bio

    Areas of Expertise

    • Teacher Quality
    • School Finance
    • School Initiatives
    • Class-size Reduction
  • Steven Rivkin

    Steven Rivkin

    Senior Researcher
    Professor of Economics, University of Texas at Dallas
    sgrivkin@uic.edu
    Full Bio

    Areas of Expertise

    • School Choice
    • School Desegregation
    • Special Education
    • Student Mobility
    • Teacher Labor Markets
    • Teacher Quality
  • Rodney J. Andrews

    Rodney J. Andrews

    Principal Investigator- Texas
    Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Texas at Dallas
    rodney.j.andrews@utdallas.edu
    Full Bio

    Areas of Expertise

    • Economics of Education
    • Labor Economics
    • Public Finance
    • Applied Microeconomics

Washington Research Team

  • Dan Goldhaber

    Dan Goldhaber

    Director, CALDER
    Vice-President, American Institutes for Research
    dgoldhaber@air.org
    Full Bio

    Areas of Expertise

    • Teacher Quality
    • Teacher Labor Markets
    • Teacher pay and licensure & the effects of accountability systems and market competition on K-12 schooling
  • Roddy Theobald

    Roddy Theobald

    Researcher
    Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research Program, American Institutes for Research
    rtheobald@air.org
    Full Bio

    Areas of Expertise

    • Special Education
    • Teacher Collective Bargaining
    • Teacher Education
    • Teacher Quality

Affiliated Researchers

  • Celeste Carruthers

    Celeste Carruthers

    Affiliated Researcher
    Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Tennessee-Knoxville
    carruthers@utk.edu
    Full Bio

    Areas of Expertise

    • Charter Schools & School Choice
    • Teacher Labor Markets
    • Teacher Quality
  • Li Feng

    Li Feng

    Affiliated Researcher
    Assistant Professor of Economics, Texas State University-San Marcos
    LF20@txstate.edu
    Full Bio

    Areas of Expertise

    • Teacher Labor Markets
    • Teacher Quality
  • Paul Jargowsky

    Paul Jargowsky

    Affiliated Researcher, Texas Schools Project
    Professor of Public Policy, Rutgers - Camden
    paul.jargowsky@rutgers.edu
    Full Bio

    Areas of Expertise

    • Achievement
    • Minority Access to Higher Education
    • Neighborhood Effects
    • Peer Effects
    • Residential Segregation
    • School Effects
  • Jennifer King Rice

    Jennifer King Rice

    Affiliated Researcher/Institute Fellow
    Professor of Education Policy Studies, University of Maryland, College Park
    jkr@umd.edu
    Full Bio

    Areas of Expertise

    • Alternative Teacher Compensation
    • High-Stakes Accountability
    • School Reconstitution Policy
    • Teacher Certification
  • Jacob Vigdor

    Jacob Vigdor

    Affiliated Researcher
    Professor of Public Affairs, University of Washington
    jvigdor@uw.edu
    Full Bio

    Areas of Expertise

    • Accountability
    • Achievement
    • Adolescent Delinquency
    • Racial/Ethnic Inequalities
    • School Finance
    • Teacher Labor Markets
  • Steven Hemelt

    Affiliated Researcher - North Carolina
    Assistant Professor, Department of Public Policy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    hemelt@email.unc.edu
    Full Bio

    Areas of Expertise

    • K-12 Accountability
    • Achievement
    • Higher Education
    • Secondary-to-Postsecondary Transitions

Research COllaborators

  • Robert Bifulco

    Robert Bifulco

    Research Collaborator
    Associate Professor of Public Administration, Syracuse University
    rbifulco@maxwell.syr.edu
    Full Bio

    Areas of Expertise

    • Accountability
    • Charter Schools & School Choice
    • School Segregation
    • Whole School Reform
  • Robert Costrell

    Robert Costrell

    Research Collaborator
    Professor of Education Reform and Economics, University of Arkansas
    costrell@uark.edu
    Full Bio

    Areas of Expertise

    • School Choice
    • School Funding
    • Standards-Based Reform
    • Teacher Pension Policy
  • Pamela Grossman

    Pamela Grossman

    Research Collaborator
    Professor of Education, Stanford University
    pamg@stanford.edu
    Full Bio

    Areas of Expertise

    • Pathways to Teaching
    • Professional Development
    • Teacher Education Policy
    • Teacher Quality
  • Douglas Harris

    Douglas Harris

    Research Collaborator
    Associate Professor of Economics, Tulane University
    dharri5@tulane.edu
    Full Bio

    Areas of Expertise

    • Accountability & Standards
    • Class-Size Reduction
    • Desegregation
    • School Choice
    • School Finance
    • Teacher Quality
    • Value-Added Modeling
  • Austin Nichols

    Austin Nichols

    Research Collaborator
    Research Associate, The Urban Institute
    anichols@urban.org
    Full Bio

    Areas of Expertise

    • Achievement
    • Teacher Labor Markets
    • Teacher Quality
  • Jonah Rockoff

    Jonah Rockoff

    Research Collaborator
    Associate Professor of Finance and Economics, Columbia University School of Business
    jonah.rockoff@columbia.edu
    Full Bio

    Areas of Expertise

    • Accountability
    • School Choice
    • School Finance
    • Teacher Labor Markets
    • Teacher Quality
  • Jeffrey Roth

    Jeffrey Roth

    Research Collaborator
    Research Professor of Pediatrics, University of Florida
    jeffroth@ufl.edu
    Full Bio

    Areas of Expertise

    • Early Childhood Education
    • Educational Disabilities