Mark Murphy

Mark Murphy

Mark Murphy is a doctoral candidate in economics of education and education policy at the Stanford Graduate School of Education. He is a recipient of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research Dissertation Fellowship, the Institute for Education Sciences Fellowship in Quantitative Education Policy Analysis and the Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education Fellowship. Mark’s research focuses on educational equity, immigration policy and demography, and school finance with particular emphasis on understanding ways to improve educational outcomes for understudied student populations and institutions. Prior to attending Stanford, Mark served as a Senior Fiscal Analyst for the New Mexico Legislative Education Study Committee, a Jesse M. Unruh Fellow for the California State Assembly Committee on Education and a middle school math and history teacher for the Zuni Public School District.

Recent publications: 

Peer Reviewed Publications

Dee, T., & Murphy, M. (2019). Vanished Classmates: The Effects of Local Immigration Enforcement on School Enrollment. American Educational Research Journal.

Other Publications 

Dee, T. & Murphy, M. (2018). How Strict Immigration Enforcement Harms Schoolchildren. Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research. Policy Brief October 2018.

Murphy, M. (2017). Promising Practices in School District Budgeting Under LCFF. Policy Analysis for California Education. Continuous Improvement Brief 02-17.

Media Mentions

New York Times, National Public Radio – Phoenix, US News and World Report, Los Angeles Times, Univision, Telemundo, Education Week, Center for American Progress, Vox – In the Weeds Podcast, UCLA Center X Just News, National Bureau of Economic Research.

Legislative Staff Experience

California State Assembly – Committee on Education (Jesse M. Unruh Fellow)
New Mexico Legislature – Legislative Education Study Committee (Senior Fiscal Analyst)

Programs and projects:

Dissertation committee: 

Thomas Dee, David Plank, Eric Bettinger

Research interests: 
Education policy, economics of education, immigration policy, educational equity, TK-12 education, higher education, school finance, educational demographics, quantitative methods.

Ph.D. in Economics of Education & Education Policy, Stanford University (expected 2020)
M.A. in Economics; Stanford University (2019)
M.A. in Education with Licensure, University of New Mexico (2011)
B.A. in Economics (Minors: Spanish, Int’l Studies), University of Michigan (2009)

Contact info: 

Center for Education Policy Analysis
Stanford University
520 Galvez Mall, Suite 509
Stanford, CA 94305