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Thomas S. Dee


Thomas S. Dee, Ph.D., is the Barnett Family Professor at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education (GSE), a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), a Senior Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR) and the Faculty Director of the John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities. His research focuses largely on the use of quantitative methods to inform contemporary issues of public policy and practice. The Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) awarded his collaborative research the Raymond Vernon Memorial Award in 2015 and again in 2019. He currently serves on the editorial boards of the American Educational Research Journal, the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, and Education Finance and Policy.

Other Titles

Professor, Graduate School of Education
Senior Fellow, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR)
Member, Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute

Program Affiliations

SHIPS (PhD): Economics of Education
SHIPS (PhD): Educational Policy

Recent Publications

Dee, T. S., & Murphy, M. (2021). Patterns in the Pandemic Decline of Public School Enrollment. EDUCATIONAL RESEARCHER.

Dee, T. S., Huffaker, E., Phillips, C., & Sagara, E. (2021). The Revealed Preferences for School Reopenings: Evidence from Public School Disenrollment (NBER Working Paper No. 29156 ). Cambridge, MA: National Bureau of Economic Research. Retrieved from

Bonilla, S., Dee, T. S., & Penner, E. K. (2021). Ethnic studies increases longer-run academic engagement and attainment. Proceedings of the National Academy of the Sciences, 118(37).

Thomas S. Dee in the News & Media

The Economist
Research coauthored by Professor Thomas S. Dee shows the prolonged impact of a ninth-grade ethnic studies course.
October 23, 2021
An analysis by The New York Times in conjunction with Stanford University shows that in 33 states, 10,000 local public schools lost at least 20 percent of their kindergartners during the pandemic.
August 7, 2021
Photo of a Black woman's face in a prism-like mirror
February 17, 2021
Research Stories
In an op-ed, Professor Thomas S. Dee argues for investing in education technology that differs dramatically from existing platforms.
November 29, 2020
Image of a brain missing a few puzzle pieces
August 24, 2020
Waiting to enter kindergarten can have benefits, particularly for children who have trouble self-regulating, says Professor Thomas Dee.
July 23, 2020
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