Associate Dean, Chair and Professor, Public Administration and International Affairs
Dr. Robert Bifulco is the Associate Dean, Chair, and Professor for the
Public Administration and International Relations Department. Dr. Bifulco is
also a Senior Research Associate in Center for Policy Research and
the Education Finance and Accountability Program (EFAP) at the Maxwell
School. His prior teaching experience was at University of Connecticut where
he received the Distinguished Professor Award. Dr. Bifulco has taught courses
on public budgeting, state and local finance, economic analysis, education
policy, research methods, quantitative analysis, and program evaluation.
Additionally, Dr. Bifulco has had affiliation with CALDER and the
Center for Education Policy Analysis (CEPA) at the University of
Connecticut. His research has been supported by the Smith Richardson
Foundation, the Connecticut State Department of Education, and by the New York State
His research focuses on the evaluation of educational policies and programs
with specific interests in the interactions of school segregation, school
policies, and student outcomes. He has also conducted research on the
measurement of school performance, educational resource disparities, and peer
effects. He has published articles evaluating whole-school reform, school
accountability programs, charter schools, magnet schools, and place-based
college scholarship programs, which have appeared in the Journal of Policy
Analysis and Management, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, Education
Finance and Policy, and the American Economic Journal: Economic
Policy, among other places.
Dr. Bifulco received his Ph.D. and M.P.A. from Syracuse University’s Maxwell
School, along with an M.A. and B.A. in philosophy from Rice and Bucknell
"Assessing the Effects of Place Based Scholarships on Urban Revitalization: The Case of Say Yes to Education." Robert R. Bifulco, Rubenstein, H. Sohn and J. Murchie, Revise &Submit at Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis (Forthcoming).
“The Effects of School Desegregation on Teenage Fertility." Robert R. Bifulco, L. Lopoo and S. Oh, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis (Forthcoming). http://epa.sagepub.com/content/early/2015/04/01/0162373715570940.full.pdf+html
“The Influence of Finance and Accountability Policies on Charter School Locations." Robert R. Bifulco and C. Buerger, Journal of Education Finance (Winter, 2015), pp.193-221.
“Do High School Peers Have Persistent Effects on College Attainment and Other Life Outcomes?” Robert R. Bifulco, J. Fletcher, S. Oh, and S. Ross, Labour Economics (August, 2014), pp. 83-90.
“The Fiscal Impacts of Charter Schools: Lessons from New York." Robert R. Bifulco, and R. Reback, Education Finance and Policy (Winter, 2014), pp. 86-107.
Research Grants and Awards
Evaluation of Say Yes in Buffalo.” Say Yes Foundation. July 2013 – June 2017.