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. 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.
Harris has written for a wide range of scholarly publications in economics, sociology, education, and public policy, and he is the author of the 2011 book Value-Added Measures in Education, which was published by Harvard Education Press and nominated for the Grawemeyer Award in Education. His work has been widely cited in both academic journals and the national media, including CNN, MSNBC, NPR, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, National Journal, Slate, The Atlantic, and Politico. He earned a doctoral degree from Michigan State University.