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Dr. Matthew Kraft is an Associate Professor of Education and Economics at Brown University and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. His primary work focuses on efforts to improve educator and organizational effectiveness in urban public schools. He has published over 40 peer-reviewed articles across leading education, public policy, and economics journals. His research has received over $5 million in total grant funding from a range of federal agencies and private foundations. His work has been cited over 8,000 times, and he is consistently ranked among the top 200 scholars on the Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings. Matt is regularly quoted and cited in national news outlets and has published op-eds in both The New York Times and The Washington Post. He is the recipient of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Outstanding Public Communication Award, the Society for Educational Effectiveness Early Career Award, the William T. Grant Early Career Scholar Award, the Brown University Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Palmer O. Johnson Memorial Award for the most outstanding article across the seven flagship AERA journals, and the National Academy of Education/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship. Prior to earning his doctorate in Quantitative Policy Analysis in Education from Harvard University, he taught middle and high school humanities in Oakland and Berkeley, CA public schools. He received his B.A. in International Relations and M.A. in International Comparative Education from Stanford University.

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