Dr. Matthew P. Steinberg is an Assistant Professor of Education in the Education Policy Division at Penn GSE. He is the Faculty Methodologist for the Penn IES Pre-Doctoral Training Program, a Faculty Fellow with the Penn Institute for Urban Research, a Faculty Affiliate with the Penn Wharton Public Policy Initiative, a Senior Researcher at the Consortium for Policy Research in Education, an Affiliated Researcher with the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research, and an Academic Affiliate with the Educator Impact Laboratory at Mathematica Policy Research. Dr. Steinberg is a recipient of the 2016 National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship. He received his Ph.D. in public policy from the University of Chicago in 2012. During his tenure as a doctoral student, Dr. Steinberg was an Institute of Education Sciences Pre-Doctoral Fellow with the University of Chicago Committee on Education, a researcher at the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research and a Mathematica Policy Research 2008 Summer Fellow. Prior to graduate school, he was an investment banker and a New York City Teaching Fellow.
Research Interests and Current Projects
His research is grounded in rigorous empirical and econometric methods while simultaneously focused on informing education policymakers and practitioners on the role of school organization in shaping a variety of policy-relevant schooling outcomes. Dr. Steinberg’s work takes a cross-disciplinary perspective and benefits from collaboration with education researchers, policymakers and practitioners. As a former elementary school teacher, his research, both in scope and its intended audience, is informed by his classroom experience in New York City. Dr. Steinberg’s previous work has explored the free tutoring provision of the federal No Child Left Behind legislation, the manner in which adolescents allocate their out-of-school time and issues of access in higher education. Dr. Steinberg’s work has been published in such scholarly journals as Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, Education Finance and Policy, Educational Researcher, Journal of Education Finance, Journal of Human Resources, National Tax Journal and The Review of Higher Education, and has been presented at a variety of academic and professional conferences.
Ph.D. (Public Policy) University of Chicago, 2012.
M.P.A. (Public Policy Analysis) University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2007.
M.S.Ed. (Childhood Education) The City College of New York, 2004.
B.A. (Economics and Sociology) University of Virginia, 2000.
Areas of Expertise
Economics of education