Thomas Dee


  • Business of education
  • Class size and structure
  • No Child Left Behind

Thomas S. Dee is a professor at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education and a research associate with the programs on education, children and health at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). He also serves on the editorial boards for the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, and Educational Researcher. His research focuses largely on the use of quasi-experimental and experimental methods to inform contemporary policy debates in education. His recent and ongoing studies have focused on school accountability under No Child Left Behind, more recent waiver-based reforms, and federally sponsored school turnarounds. He also studies performance-based teacher compensation in the District of Columbia Public Schools and under federal Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) awards. Dee has also conducted research related to social-identity dynamics, such as stereotype threat and achievement gaps, ethnic-studies courses, and the effects of same-race and same-gender teachers. Dee has also researched technology in education, including massive open online courses and technology and plagiarism.