Douglas Harris is professor of economics at Tulane University, where he is the Schleider Foundation Chair in Public Education, and founder and director of the Education Research Alliance for New Orleans. He is also director of the
National Center for Research on Education Access and Choice.
Harris is a frequent advisor to education policymakers. He worked with the Obama administration’s transition team on the measurement of school performance and later advised the administration on college performance measures and ways to strengthen community colleges. He has testified before the U.S. Senate on college-access programs. His current research focuses on the effects of unprecedented New Orleans school reforms and their implications for national schooling policy.