Robert Bifulco, Jr.
Associate Dean and ChairDr. Robert Bifulco is the Associate Dean, Chair and Professor for the Public Administration and International Relations department at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.
He is an accomplished teacher and scholar, holding appointments as Senior Research Associate with the Center for Policy Research (CPR) and Education Finance and Accountability Program (EFAP) at the Maxwell School, and as co-editor of the
Journal of Policy Analysis and Management.
In addition, he was affiliated with CALDER and Center for Education Policy Analysis (CEPA) at the University of Connecticut. He has been fortunate to have his research supported by the Smith Richardson Foundation, the Connecticut State
Department of Education and by the New York State Education Department.
Prior to Syracuse University, he taught at the 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.
His research focuses on the evaluation of educational policies and programs generally, 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 other forms of school choice 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 others.
He received his PhD and MPA in Public Administration from Syracuse University along with an MA and BA in Philosophy from Rice and Bucknell Universities, respectively.