Welcome! I’m Thomas, an education and social policy researcher. I’m a postdoc at the Education Policy Initiative, which is housed within the Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. My research spans K-12 and higher education, with a broad focus on policies that affect high school outcomes and the transition into postsecondary study and the workforce. Currently I am studying career and technical education in Michigan, the persistence of inequalities in college entry and completion, and transitions into and out of qualification for free or reduced price lunch in elementary and middle school.
In July I will move to Georgia State University to become Research Director of the Georgia Policy Labs.
In my research I primarily use quasi-experimental reseach designs, including regression discontinuity, difference-in-differences, and interrupted time series, as well as descriptive analysis, to assess the impact of public policy. Additionally, I am adept at using tools from data science, particularly data visualization, to bring data to bear on important policy questions. On this site you can find a Stata command that decomposes a difference-in-differences estimator, California school finance data scraped from the web and interactively visualized, and data from past projects for research reproducibility.
I received my Ph.D. and M.Phil. in public policy and management from Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University, and my B.A. in economics from the University of Cambridge. Before academia, I worked in the private sector for Accenture, at a startup in San Francisco, and for a policy research firm in Oakland, CA.