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 AEJ: Applied Economics, AEJ: Economic Policy, Journal of Labor Economics, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Human Resources and the Journal of Economic Perspectives. 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.
Prior to joining BU, I was an Associate Professor of Economics at Brandeis University and before that an Associate Professor of Public Policy at 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. Prior to starting my Ph.D., I was a public high school math teacher in Watertown, MA.