Skip to Main Content
Maxwell School
Maxwell / Faculty Listing

Michah Rothbart

Assistant Professor, Public Administration and International Affairs

Biography

Michah W. Rothbart is an Assistant Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs, and a Senior Research Associate at the Center for Policy Research. His research and teaching interests are in public finance and financial management, particularly in the field of education policy. His current research includes studying the impact of school choice on school budgets, the effect of school finance reforms on district funding, the consequences of food safety compliance grades in New York City, and the impact of universal free meals on student outcomes. Michah received his Ph.D. in public administration from New York University in 2016.

Select Publications

"What are the Financial Implications of Public Quality Disclosure? Evidence from New York City’s Restaurant Food Safety Grading Policy." Rachel Meltzer, Michah W. Rothbart, Amy Ellen Schwartz, Thad Calabrese, Diana Silver, Tod Mijanovich, and Meryle Weinstein, Public Finance Review (2017).

“Let Them Eat Lunch: The Impact of Universal Free Meals on Student Performance,” Amy Ellen Schwartz, and Michah Rothbart, Center for Policy Research, The Maxwell School, Syracuse University, Working Paper No. 203 (May 2017).

“Do Top Dogs Rule in Middle School? Evidence on Bullying, Safety, and Belonging." Amy Ellen Schwartz, Leanna Stiefel, and Michah W. Rothbart, American Educational Research Journal - Social and Institutional Analysis (2016).

Research Grants and Awards

“Does Universal Free School Meals Reduce Childhood Obesity?” The Tufts/University of Connecticut Research Innovation and Development Grants in Economics Center (Tufts/UConn RIDGE Center), July 2017 – January 2019

Institute of Education Sciences Outstanding Predoctoral Fellow Award Nominee (2016).

IES Predoctoral Interdisciplinary Research Training Fellowship (2011-2016).

Oak Ridge Fellowship in the US Department of Commerce (2009).