Sarah Anzia is a political scientist who studies American politics with a focus on state and local government, elections, interest groups, political parties, and public policy. Her recent book, Timing and Turnout: How Off-Cycle Elections Favor Organized Groups, examines how the timing of elections can be manipulated to affect both voter turnout and the composition of the electorate, which, in turn, affects election outcomes and public policy. She also writes about the role of government employees and public sector unions in elections and policymaking in the U.S.
Alan Auerbach is the Robert D. Burch Professor of Economics and Law, Director of the Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance, and former Chair of the Economics Department at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and previously taught at Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania, where he also served as Economics Department Chair. Professor Auerbach was Deputy Chief of Staff of the U.S. Joint Committee on Taxation in 1992 and has been a consultant to several government agencies and institutions in the United States and abroad.
Henry Brady is Dean of the Goldman School of Public Policy and Class of 1941 Monroe Deutsch Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. He received his PhD in Economics and Political Science from MIT in 1980. He has written on electoral politics and political participation, social welfare policy, political polling, and statistical methodology. He writes and has lectured throughout California on the budgetary returns to higher education and on the future of the higher education sector. He is a member of the Lincoln Project of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, which is considering the future of American Higher Education.
Alex Gelber is an assistant professor at the UC Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy and a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. His research concerns the economic effects of public sector programs. He studies the impact and long-term budget consequences of entitlement programs. He served as Acting Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy and Acting Chief Economist in the US Treasury Department and worked on entitlement programs through Social Security and Medicare Trustees Working Groups, in the President’s Budget, and during negotiations over the Fiscal Cliff.
David Kirp is the James D. Marver Professor of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. He is a policy consultant and former newspaper editor as well as an academic. In his seventeen books and scores of articles, in both the popular press and scholarly journals, he has tackled some of America’s biggest social problems, including education and children’s policy, from cradle to college and career. He was a member of the 2008 Presidential Transition Team, where he drafted a policy framework for early education.
Ron Lee holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University. He joined Demography at Berkeley in 1979, with a joint appointment in Economics. He currently holds the Edward G. and Nancy S. Jordan Endowed Chair in Economics. Professor Lee is also the Director of the Center on the Economics and Demography of Aging at Berkeley. Professor Lee is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a Corresponding member of the British Academy. He is currently on the National Advisory Committee on Child Health and Human Development.
Jesse Rothstein is a public and labor economist. His research focuses on education and tax policy, and particularly on the way that public institutions ameliorate or reinforce the effects of children’s families on their academic and economic outcomes. He served as Chief Economist at the Labor Department and on the senior staff of the Council of Economic Advisers. He works on teacher evaluation, the value of school infrastructure spending, and on ways to improve educational performance.