Tom L. Harnisch
Director of State Relations and Policy Analysis

Higher Ed

  • Accountability
  • College completion
  • Higher education finance and operations
  • State policy

Thomas Harnisch joined the American Association of State Colleges and Universities in 2007 and currently serves as director of state relations and policy analysis. His responsibilities include research, policy analysis and communication to the AASCU membership and other external stakeholder groups. He is also staff liaison to the AASCU Policies and Purposes Committee and helps craft the AASCU Public Policy Agenda and plans the Higher Education Government Relations Conference. His research interests include state higher education finance, access, affordability, and other state-related higher education topics. His research and commentary have been cited in TIME, Politico, Bloomberg, Inside Higher Ed, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Education Week, Washington Monthly, and numerous other media outlets and governmental entities. Harnisch previously worked as a graduate assistant at the Midwestern Higher Education Compact in Minneapolis. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a master’s degree from the University of Minnesota, and a doctorate from The George Washington University.