American Institutes for Research Team

goldhaberDan Goldhaber

Dr. Dan Goldhaber is the Director of the Center for Education Data & Research and a Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Washington. He is also the Director of the National Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research (CALDER) and a Vice-President at American Institutes of Research (AIR). Dan previously served as an elected member of the Alexandria City School Board from 1997-2002, as an Associate Editor of Economics of Education Review and an editor of Education Finance and Policy.

Dan's work focuses on issues of educational productivity and reform at the K-12 level, the broad array of human capital policies that influence the composition, distribution, and quality of teachers in the workforce, and connections between students' K-12 experiences and postsecondary outcomes. Topics of published work in this area include studies of the stability of value-added measures of teachers, the effects of teacher qualifications and quality on student achievement, and the impact of teacher pay structure and licensure on the teacher labor market. Previous work has covered topics such as the relative efficiency of public and private schools, and the effects of accountability systems and market competition on K-12 schooling.

Dan's research has been regularly published in leading peer-reviewed economic and education journals such as: American Economic Review, Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Human Resources, Journal of Policy and Management, Journal of Urban Economics, Economics of Education Review, Education Finance and Policy, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, and Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis. The findings from these articles have been covered in more widely accessible media outlets such as National Public Radio, the New York Times, the Washington Post, USA Today, and Education Week.

Dan holds degrees from the University of Vermont (BA, Economics) and Cornell University (MS and PhD, Labor Economics). You can reach Dan by email at or via phone at 206-547-1562.



James Cowan
Research Consultant

Prior to joining AIR, James was a graduate student in economics at Cornell University. His current work for the center focuses on the evaluation of novice teachers, exploring the relationships among teacher attrition, teacher training programs and teacher licensing requirements, and evaluating the college enrollment effects of high school dual-enrollment programs. James holds a BA from Seattle University. James can be reached at


John KriegRoddy Theobald
Senior Researcher

Roddy Theobald is a former 7th-grade math teacher and currently is a Senior Researcher at AIR. His research at CEDR combines his interest in teaching and public education with his training as a statistician by applying statistical methodology to problems like teacher evaluation and layoffs. Roddy can be reached at or at 206.543.5253.

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