Education Finance and Accountability Program (EFAP)

Affiliated Faculty

Robert Bifulco

Associate Dean, Chair and Professor, Public Administration and International Affairs, Senior Research Associate in the Center for Policy Research, The Maxwell School, Syracuse University.

Dr. Bifulco's research interests include education policy, racial segregation and program evaluation. He is interested in how resources and institutions affect the access of disadvantaged individuals to educational opportunities.  He is also interested in methods of estimating the impacts educational programs.  He has conducted research on identifying low-performing schools, whole-school reform, and charter schools. Current areas of interest include the effects of and interactions between school choice policies and racial segregation.

Kalena Cortes

Associate Professor of the Bush School of Government and Public Service, Master of Public Service and Administration (MSPA) Program.

Dr. Cortes' research interests focus on education economics and demography, specifically diversity in higher education, the effects of student financial aid on retention and graduation of minority and low-income students, and education outcomes of immigrant children.

Deborah Freund

Dr. Freund, is a professor in the economic sciences in the School of Social Science, Policy & Evaluation at Claremont Graduate University.  In the past, she has served as the O’Neill-Alcoa Chair of Policy Analysis at the RAND Corporation, the president of Claremont Graduate University, the provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs and distinguished professor of public administration and economics at Syracuse University, and the vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean of the faculties and professor of public affairs, economics and medicine at Indiana University.

Dr. Freund's expertise is in health care policy and economics of health care. Her current research interests include cost containment, HMO's, the Medicaid program, outcomes research, social program evaluation and survey research.

Vernon Greene

Professor Emeritus of Public Administration and International Affairs, Syracuse University.

Dr. Green's interests are in social policy related to aging and gender, federalism and democratic theory, political and administrative implications of globalization, and political philosophy. He specializes in social research methods and political theory.

Jocelyn Johnston

Professor, School of Public Administration, American University, School of Public Affairs.

Dr. Johnston's current research focuses on government contracting, intergovernmental programs and policy, intergovernmental fiscal relations, and public management.

Bernard Jump

Professor Emeritus of Public Administration and International Affairs, Senior Research Associate in the Center for Policy Research, The Maxwell School, Syracuse University.

Dr. Jump's interest is in the field of public finance and public and non-profit financial management.

Andrew London

Associate Dean and Professor of Sociology, Syracuse University.

Dr. London's research interest is in the fields of demography, sociology of medicine, HIV/AIDS, mental health, health services and policy research and welfare reform. 

Leonard M. Lopoo

Director of the Center for Policy Research, Director of Maxwell X Lab, Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs, Senior Research Associate in the Center for Policy Research, The Maxwell School, Syracuse University.

Dr. Lopoo studies social welfare policies in the United States and their influence on families, particularly low-income families.  His current research investigates the role that maternal employment plays in a variety of adolescent outcomes, including, but not limited to, their participation and performance in school, their involvement in extracurricular activities, and their fertility.

Amy Lutz

Associate Professor, Sociology, Senior Research Associate in the Center for Policy Research, The Maxwell School, Syracuse University.

Dr. Lutz is interested in race and ethnicity, immigration, bilingualism, educational inequity and Latin American studies.

Jerry Miner

Professor Emeritus of Economics, and Senior Research Associate, Center for Policy Research, The Maxwell School, Syracuse University.

Dr. Miner's interests include school finance public sector efficiency, political economy, macroeconomic policy and forensic economics.  His current research looks at the efficiency of local schools and distribution of state aid to local schools.

Ross Rubenstein

Professor and Dan E. Sweat Distinguished Chair in Educational and Community Policy, Center for State and Local Finance, Department of Public Management and Policy, Nonprofit Studies Program.

Dr. Rubenstein's research focuses on public finance and education policy, including funding equity and adequacy in education, public sector performance and efficiency measurement, budgeting and resource allocation in school districts, and college scholarship programs.

John R. Ruggiero

Edmund B. O'Leary Professor of Economics, University of Dayton, School of Business Administration.

Dr. Ruggiero's theoretical research expertise is in the area of performance analysis using nonparametric frontier estimation and regression based approaches. Dr. Ruggiero has served as a consultant for the Ohio Department of Education.

Amy Ellen Schwartz 

Professor of Economics and Public Administration and International Affairs, and the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Chair in Public Affairs, Senior Research Associate in the Center for Policy Research, Chair in Public Affairs, and Director of the Institute for Education and Social Policy at New York University.

Dr. Schwartz's research interests span issues in education policy, urban economics, and public finance. Current projects include an investigation of student mobility; the impact of neighborhood crime on student performance; the link between neighborhoods, schools and child obesity; and the impact of housing vouchers on residential location decisions and children’s educational outcomes.

Timothy M. Smeeding

Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of Public Affairs, La Follette School of Public Affairs, Director, Institute for Research on Poverty.

Dr. Smeedings's recent work has been on social and economic mobility across generations, inequality of income, consumption and wealth, and poverty in national and cross-national contexts.

Vincent Tinto

Distinguished University Professor Emeritus, School of Education, Syracuse University.

Dr. Tinto, has written extensively on higher education, particularly on student retention and the impact of learning communities on student growth and attainment. His book, "Leaving College: Rethinking the Causes and Cures of Student Attrition" is considered the benchmark by which work on student retention is judged. He serves as a consultant to a wide range of federal and state agencies, independent research firms, foundations, and two and four-year institutions of higher education on a broad range of issues. The topics he addresses, in particular, are the study of student attainment in the United States and the retention and education of differing students in diverse higher educational settings.

Michael Wasylenko

Professor Emeritus of Economics, Maxwell Advisory Board Professor of Economics, Senior Research Associate in the Center for Policy Research, The Maxwell School, Syracuse University.

Dr. Wasylenko, has interests in economic development within U.S. cities and in developing countries, and in state and local public economics. Primary and secondary educational opportunities play an important role in economic development. Financing directing education benefits to underserved populations are an important focus of his research.

Jeffrey Weinstein

Financial Economist, in the Division of Depositor and Consumer Protection at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Washington, DC.

Dr. Weinstein's research interests include public economics, urban economics and economics of education.