[NOTE: Starting on 8/1/22, I am on a yearlong leave from BU to serve as a Senior Economist on President Biden's Council of Economic Advisers.]
I'm an Associate Professor of Education and Economics at Boston University, where I work as an applied microeconomist on labor economics and education policy. My research focuses on quasi-experimental estimation of the impacts of educational interventions. My overarching goal is to provide rigorous quantitative evidence that illuminates how schools and labor markets work, particularly with respect to postsecondary and STEM education.
My work has been published in peer-reviewed outlets such as the Quarterly Journal of Economics, AER: Insights, AEJ: Applied Economics, AEJ: Economic Policy and the Journal of Labor Economics. It has been cited in multiple White House reports and featured by the New York Times, the Washington Post, and National Public Radio. I serve as co-editor of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management (JPAM) and am a research fellow of NBER and CESifo. Much of my policy-related work is done as a faculty affiliate of the BU Wheelock Education Policy Center (WEPC).
Prior to joining BU, I was Associate Professor of Economics at Brandeis University and before that on the faculty of Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. I have a B.A. in physics from Harvard, an M.Phil. in education from Cambridge University, and a Ph.D. in economics from Columbia University. Prior to starting my Ph.D., I was a public high school math teacher in Watertown, MA.