Harvard Graduate School of Education

David J. Deming

David J. Deming

Professor of Education and Public Policy


Research interests: Economics of skill development, education, and the labor market. The long-run influence of school accountability: impacts, mechanisms, and policy implications. The growing return to social skills in the labor market.

Thomas J. Kane

Thomas J. Kane

Walter H. Gale Professor of Education


Research interests: Economist. Kane's work has spanned both K-12 and higher education, covering topics such as the design of school accountability systems, teacher recruitment and retention, financial aid for college, race-conscious college admissions and the earnings impacts of community colleges.

Jal Mehta

Jal Mehta

Associate Professor of Education


Research interests: What it would take to create high quality schooling at scale, with a particular interest in the professionalization of teaching.

Mehta is currently working on two projects: The Chastened Dream, a history of the effort to link social science with social policy to achieve social progress; and In Search of Deeper Learning, a contemporary study of schools, systems, and nations that are seeking to produce ambitious instruction. 

Richard J. Murnane

Richard J. Murnane

Juliana W. and William Foss Thompson Research Professor of Education and Society


Research interests: Economist. Ways in which growth in family income inequality in the U.S. has affected educational opportunities for children from low-income families, and the effectiveness of alternative strategies for improving life chances for these children.

Martin West

Martin West

Associate Professor of Education


Research interests: Politics of K-12 education in the United States and how education policies affect student learning and non-cognitive development.

Current projects include studies of public opinion on education policy, the effects of charter school attendance on cognitive and non-cognitive skills, data use in schools, and the influence of relative pay on teacher quality.