Dr. Matthew Kraft is an Assistant Professor of Education at Brown University. His research and teaching interests include the economics of education, education policy analysis, and applied quantitative methods for causal inference. Specifically, he studies human capital policies in education with a focus on teacher effectiveness and organizational change in K-12 urban public schools. His work has appeared in a range of scholarly journals including Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness, and Education Finance and Policy.

Dr. Kraft was awarded a Spencer Dissertation Fellowship in 2012 for his work examining the relationship between changes in teacher effectiveness and the professional environments in which teachers work.  Previously, he taught 8th grade English in Oakland USD and 9th grade humanities at Berkeley High School in California. He holds a doctorate in Quantitative Policy Analysis in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a master’s in International Comparative Education from the Stanford University School of Education.