Douglas Harris

P-12, Higher Ed

  • Academic performance
  • Academic standards
  • Access
  • Accountability
  • Achievement gap
  • Charter schools
  • Class size and structure
  • College graduation rates
  • Costs
  • Data and statistics
  • District reform
  • Education reform
  • Educational standards
  • Financial aid
  • Low-income students
  • Measures of effective teaching
  • Minority students
  • Poverty
  • Race and diversity
  • Rankings
  • Research and methodology
  • RTTT
  • School choice
  • School reform
  • State of education
  • State policy
  • Teacher assessment
  • Teacher certification programs
  • Teacher compensation
  • Teacher effectiveness
  • Teacher performance pay
  • Teacher quality
  • Teacher recruitment and retention
  • Urban education
  • Value-added
  • Value of college
  • Workplace issues

In addition to having written dozens of academic articles, Doug Harris has advised the White House, the U.S. Senate, and several governors on education policy. He contributed to the Obama administration’s transition team on the measurement of school performance, advised the White House on college performance measures, and testified in the U.S. Senate about the TRIO college access programs. Most recently, his Brookings report on community colleges helped shape the president’s recent reform plans. Harris is also widely cited in the national media, including CNN, MSNBC, NPR, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, National Journal, and other news outlets. He has recently been named as one of the most influential economists studying education. In addition to directing the Education Research Alliance for New Orleans, Harris is a professor of economics and the university endowed chair in public education at Tulane University. Previously, he was associate professor of education and public affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Harris received his doctorate in economics from Michigan State University in 2000.