Welcome to my website! I am an Associate Professor of Public Policy in the School of Public Affairs (SPA) at American University, a Research Fellow at the Institute of Labor Economics (IZA), and Senior Technical Advisor to Johns Hopkins University's Education Policy Institute. I earned my Ph.D. in Economics from Michigan State University in 2011 and a B.S. in Economics from Drexel University in 2005. You can find me on twitter at @sethgershenson.

I also direct SPA's Analytics & Management Institute (SAMI). This innovative program provides SPA graduate students with the opportunity to learn specific skills such as GIS mapping, policy writing, grant writing, causal inference, data viz, and more from leading experts in the DC area in 1 credit (15 hour) workshops. Students also have the option to take these courses for free (0 credit). Learn more about SAMI here.

My primary research interests are in the economics of education and education policy analysis. Specifically, I am interested in issues relating to teacher labor markets, parents’ and students’ time use, summer learning loss, the causes and consequences of student absences, teacher diversity, and the role of expectations in the education production function.

This page is under construction; in the mean time you can find links to my research at my IZA and google scholar pages. And PLEASE email me if you'd like a copy of a gated/pay-walled paper.