1996 alum and La Follette School professor Douglas Harris has joined Tulane University as associate professor of economics and University Endowed Chair in Public Education.
Harris has been at the forefront of research attempting to identify policies that improve teacher effectiveness. His book, Value-added Measures in Education: What Every Educator Needs to Know, (published in 2011 by Harvard Education Press) was nominated for the Grawemeyer Award in Education. He has also recently focused his attention on improving college access and success, directing two of the first randomized trials of financial aid, the Wisconsin Scholars Longitudinal Study and the Milwaukee College Access Project for Success.
Harris has been the principal investigator on more than $6 million in research grants and the results of this work have been published in dozens of academic publications in the journal Science, Journal of Public Economics and many others. His education research is frequently cited in the national media such as the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, and NPR and he consults widely on policy matters with elected officials, state departments of education, and organizations such as the National Council of State Legislators, National Governors Association and National Academy of Sciences.
Until recently, he was associate professor of public affairs and educational policy at the La Follette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where he remains an affiliate of the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education and Institute for Research on Poverty. Prior to teaching at Wisconsin, he taught at Florida State University.