Jennifer King Rice

Research Associate

Areas of expertise
Education policy • Education productivity • Cost analysis applications to education • Educational reforms for at-risk students

Jennifer King Rice, an Economic Policy Institute research associate, is an associate professor in the Department of Education Policy and Leadership at the University of Maryland. Her research draws on the discipline of economics to explore education policy questions concerning the efficiency, equity, and adequacy of U.S. public education. As a National Academy of Education/Spencer postdoctoral fellow, her current work focuses on teachers as a critical resource in the education process. She is working on projects with the Economic Policy Institute and The Finance Project to study the costs of enhancing teacher quality through promising recruitment, retention, and professional development strategies. Her research has been published in numerous journals including Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, Economics of Education Review, Educational Policy, Education Administration Quarterly, and The Journal of Education Finance as well as multiple edited volumes. She is co-editor (with Chris Roellke) of a book series, “Research in Education Fiscal Policy and Practice.” She has shared her work with numerous local, state, and national policy organizations, has served on multiple national panels, and is currently a member of the board of directors of the American Education Finance Association. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Maryland, she was a researcher at Mathematica Policy Research in Washington, D.C.

Ph.D., Cornell University (1995)
M.S., Cornell University (1993)
B.S., Marquette University (1990)