Assistant Professor, Truman School of Public Affairs, University of Missouri
Oded Gurantz was an Institute of Education Sciences Fellow in the Stanford Graduate School of Education and will complete his Ph.D. in Educational Policy in 2018. He currently is employed as an Associate Policy Research Scientist at the College Board. His research focuses on gaps in college enrollment and completion between students from historically underserved groups and their more privileged peers, and has been published in the Journal of Human Resources, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, and The Journal of Higher Education. With a background in economics and education policy, he uses quantitative research methods, primarily quasi-experimental and experimental designs, to examine programs and policies that are both effective and efficient in ameliorating educational disparities. Each of his dissertation papers evaluates a distinct method of structuring financial incentives to promote educational outcomes for students from low-income families. A key component of Oded’s research agenda is the development of long-term, collaborative partnerships with educational and government agencies. This approach helps his findings address not just theoretical questions in the literature, but ensures that the results are relevant to current public policy debates and well-positioned to lead to actionable change.