Michah Rothbart

Assistant Professor, Public Administration and International Affairs


Michah W. Rothbart is an Assistant Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs and a Senior Research Associate in 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

Let Them Eat Lunch: The Impact of Universal Free Meals on School Meal Participation, Obesity and Academic Achievement.” Amy Ellen Schwartz and Michah W. Rothbart (Forthcoming). Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. Working paper version available.

Does School Finance Reform Reduce the Race Gap in School Funding?” Michah W. Rothbart. Education Finance and Policy

"What a Difference a Grade Makes: Evidence from New York City's Restaurant Grading Policy." Michah W. Rothbart, Amy Ellen Schwartz, Thad Calabrese, Zachary Papper, Tod Mijanovich, Rachel Meltzer, and Diana Silver. Public Administration Review

"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 47(1)(2019), pp. 170-201.

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 53(5)(2016), pp. 1450-1484. 

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Research Grants and Awards

Principal Investigator. “Does Universal Free School Meals Reduce Childhood Obesity?” with Amy Schwartz. Funded by the Tufts/University of Connecticut Research Innovation and Development Grants in Economics Center (Tufts/UConn RIDGE Center). 2017-2019.

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.