Susanna's Biography

Barnett Family Professor of Education, Stanford University 2011- present
Professor: Assistant 1999-2004, Associate 2004-2009, Full 2009-present
Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE). Director 2005-present
Center for Education Policy Analysis (CEPA) at Stanford. Faculty 2009-present
Director 2009-2015; Under prior name - Institute for Research on Education Policy and Practice (IREPP) Director 2006-09
CEPA Labs. Faculty Director 2015 - present
National Board for Education Sciences, Member 2012 – present, Vice Chair 2014 - present
Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR). Senior Fellow 2009-present
National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). Faculty Research Fellow, 2003 –present
Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research, Member 2006-present

Phone: (650) 736-1258
Fax: (650) 723-9931
Address: 520 Galvez Mall #524,CERAS building, Stanford, CA 94305-3084

Susanna Loeb is the Barnett Family Professor of Education at Stanford University, faculty of the Center for Education Policy Analysis, faculty director of CEPA Labs, and a co-director of Policy Analysis for California Education. She specializes in the economics of education and the relationship between schools and federal, state and local policies. Her research addresses teacher policy, looking specifically at how teachers' preferences affect the distribution of teaching quality across schools, how pre-service coursework requirements affect the quality of teacher candidates, and how reforms affect teachers' career decisions. She also studies school leadership and school finance, for example looking at how the structure of state finance systems affects the level and distribution of resources across schools. Susanna is a member of the National Board for Education Sciences, a senior fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, member of the Executive Board of the National Center for the Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research, and a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Curriculum Vitae: 
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Ph.D. - Economics, University of Michigan, August 1998
M.P.P. - Institute of Public Policy Studies, University of Michigan, 1994
B.A. - Political Science, Stanford University, 1988
B.S. - Civil Engineering, Stanford University, 1988


Stanford University

  • Education Policy in the US Education (Educ 271)
  • Inquiry and Measurement in Education (Educ 250A)
  • Introduction to Statistical Methods in Education (Educ 160)
  • Economics of Education, (Educ 220A and 220Y)
  • Education Governance, (Educ 226X)
  • Economic Approaches to Education Policy Analysis, (Educ 330x)
  • Resource Allocation, (Educ 222)
  • Advanced Topics in Quantitative Policy Analysis, (Educ 339X)
  • Workshop in the Economics of Education, (Educ 314)
  • Regression Analysis, (Educ 250A)
  • Administration and Policy Analysis Research Seminar, (Educ 331A)
  • Exploratory Data Analysis, (Econ 100X)
  • Schooling and Child Policy in Italy, (Overseas Studies 87)


  • Public Economics, Doctoral-level. Department of Economics, University of California, Davis
  • Intermediate Microeconomics, Department of Economics, University of California, Davis
  • Principles of Microeconomics, Teaching Assistant, The Woodrow Wilson Program in Statistics, School of Public Policy, University of Michigan
  • Public Policy and International Affairs, University of Michigan.
  • Member, National Academy of Education (2013-present)
  • American Education Research Association Fellow
  • President of the Association for Education Finance and Policy (AEFP, formerly AEFA), 2011-2012
  • 2007 Distinguished Research in Teacher Education Award, Association of Teacher Educators
  • Stanford School of Education Teaching Award. 2004
  • Spencer Foundation Research Training Grant, Stanford University. 2004-2005
  • Spencer Foundation Research Training Grant, Stanford University. 2003-2004
  • Young Faculty Leaders Forum, Harvard University. 2002-2004
  • National Academy of Education / Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship. 2001-2003
  • The Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management Dissertation Award. 2000
  • American Education Finance Association Jean Flanigan Outstanding Dissertation Award. 2000
  • Parker Prize for Labor Economics, University of Michigan. 1998
  • Sloan Foundation Fellowship. 1997-1998
  • Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship, University of Michigan. 1997
  • NICHD Trainee, Population Studies Center, University of Michigan. 1995-1997
  • Regents’ Fellowship for Graduate Study, University of Michigan. 1993-1995
  • Summer Research Fellowship, Department of Economics, University Michigan. 1994-1995
Service/Advisory Boards/Other: 
  • Professor of Business (courtesy), Stanford University.
  • Editorial board of Education Finance and Policy
  • NYC Retrospective Panel 2009
  • TFA Studies Advisory Panel 2008-2009
  • What Works Clearinghouse Research Perspective working group 2009
  • The Brown Center on Education Policy at Brookings Teacher Quality Task Group
  • Member of the Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research 2006-present
  • National Research Council Committee on Test-Based Accountability 2006-2009 and Council Committee on Evaluation of the Impact of Teacher Certification by NBPTS 2005-2008
  • Carnegie-IAS Commission on Mathematics and Science Education 2008-2009
  • National Working Group on Funding Student Success 2007-2008
  • The Charter School Achievement Consensus Panel, Center on Reinventing Public Education, Univeristy of Washington. 2005-2006
  • RAND Project Advisory Group, Adequacy and Efficiency of Preschool Education in California, 2006.
  • Academic Consultant to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Center for American Progress, and Frederick M. Hess of AEI for State-by-State Education Report Cards. 2006.
  • Expert Review Committee, Inside Charter Schools: Understanding Charter School Human Resources, Center on Reinventing Public Education, University of Washington.
  • Past Board Member: American Education Finance Association
  • Faculty Steering Committee Member: John W. Gardner Center For Youth and Their Communities
  • Editorial Board of Economics of Education Review
  • The International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement: Expert Panel on Teachers
  • Stanford: Faculty Senate, Steering Committee, Committee on Committees; Stanford University Press Editorial Board