Douglas Harris

Professor of Economics, Tulane University

Douglas Harris is Professor of Economics and the Schleider Foundation Chair in Public Education at Tulane University, where he also directs two research-practice partnerships. He founded the Education Research Alliance for New Orleans, which works with a variety of local community organizations to study and improve the unprecedented post-Katrina school reforms. He is also Director of the newly formed National Center for Research on Education Access and Choice (REACH). Both centers provide objective, rigorous, and useful research about market-based school reforms, including charter schools and school vouchers.

In two decades of studying school reform, he has become known for taking on controversial topics, highlighting uncomfortable realities, and studying novel solutions. His nearly 100 publications are regularly cited in the national media, including The Atlantic, New York Times, New Yorker, NPR, and the Washington Post. His book Value-Added Measures in Education (Harvard Education Press, 2011) was nominated for the national Grawemeyer Award. He is currently working on a new book about the New Orleans school reforms.

Given the policy relevance of his work, he has advised a dozen state departments of education, six governors, and elected officials from three foreign nations. He has also testified before the U.S. Senate and worked with the Obama Transition Team and Administration on school accountability, college scorecards, community college policies, and college financial aid policies.

Harris is also a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and a former school board member. He is married and has two daughters.

Douglas Harris