Katherine Michelmore

Assistant Professor, Public Administration and International Affairs


Katherine is an Assistant Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs and a Senior Research Associate in the Center for Policy Research. Prior to joining the Maxwell School, Professor Michelmore was an Institute of Education Sciences (IES) postdoctoral fellow at the University of Michigan. Her research interests include family and social policy, economics of education, and labor economics. She has published in The Journal of Labor Economics, The Journal of Policy Analysis and Management,Demography, Journal of Marriage and Family, and Review of Economics of the Household, among others. Prior to completing her Ph.D., she worked as a research assistant at The Urban Institute in Washington D.C. Katherine received her Ph.D. in policy analysis and management from Cornell University in 2014.

Select Publications 

“The Long-Term Impact of the Earned Income Tax Credit on Children’s Education and Employment Outcomes.” Jacob Bastian and Katherine Michelmore, Journal of Labor Economics, 36(4) (2018), pp. 1127-1163.

“The Earned Income Tax Credit and Union Formation: The Impact of Spouse Earnings." Katherine Michelmore, Review of Economics of the Household, 16(2) (2018),  pp. 77-406.

“A Tale of Two Majors: Explaining the Gender Gap in STEM Employment among Computer Science and Engineering Majors.” Sharon Sassler, Katherine Michelmore, and Kristin Smith, Social Sciences, Vol. 6, No. 3 (2017).  

“The Missing Women in Science, Math, Engineering, and Behavioral Science Jobs? Accounting for Gender Differences in Entrance into STEM Occupations.” Sharon Sassler, Jennifer Glass, Yael Levitte, and Katherine Michelmore, Social Science Research, Vol. 63 (2017), pp.192-208. 

“Explaining the Gender Gap in Earnings in STEM: Do Changes in Sex Composition of a Field Matter?" Katherine Michelmore and Sharon Sassler, RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences (2016).

More Publications

Research Grants and Awards

Principal Investigator. "What Kind of Jobs? The Effect of the Earned Income Tax Credit on Job Qualilty," with Natasha Pilkauskas. Funded by Russell Sage Foundation. 2020 - 2021.

Co-Principal Investigator. "HAIL Scholars: Increasing Economic Diversity at a Flagship University," with Susan Dynarski. Funded by the Smith Richardson Foundation. 2018-2020. 

Co-Principal Investigator. “Assessing the Effectiveness of Tax Credits in Early Childhood: Links Between the Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, Poverty, and Material Hardship,” with Natasha Pilkauskas. Funded by the Institute for Research on Poverty’s Extramural Small Grants Program: Policies and Programs to Reduce Child Poverty and Its Effects. 2017-2018.

Co-Principal Investigator. “Does the Earned Income Tax Credit Reduce Housing Instability?” University of Michigan Poverty Solutions Junior Faculty Grant. 2017-2018. 

Co-Principal Investigator. “Trajectories of Student Disadvantage: Unpacking Free/Reduced Price Lunch Eligibility Across Childhood,” with Peter Rich. Funded by the CPC-CAPS Upstate Population Seed Grant Program. 2017-2019.