Rajeev Darolia, PhD holds the Wendell H. Ford Professorship of Public Policy and is an Associate Professor of Public Policy and Economics at the University of Kentucky. He serves as Associate Director of Martin School of Public Policy and Administration, where he is also Director of Graduate Studies for the PhD program. Dr. Darolia is a Visiting Scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, a Research Fellow at the IZA Institute of Labor Economics, a Research Affiliate at the UK Center for Poverty Research, and a 2018 National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow. He serves as an Associate Editor for Education Finance & Policy, is past Associate Editor of the Review of Higher Education and is on the editorial boards of Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, Journal of Higher Education, and Educational Researcher.

Dr. Darolia’s current research interests include questions about how public policy affects economic mobility and financial security, especially related to education policy. Dr. Darolia publishes research across public policy, economics, and education journals, including in the Journal of Policy Analysis and ManagementAmerican Economic Journal: Economic Policy, and Journal of Public Economics. His work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, US Department of Labor, Arnold Ventures, and Spencer Foundation.

Professor Darolia teaches classes in causal research methods and program evaluation. He routinely advises nonprofit organizations and federal, state, and local policymakers on regulatory, research, and policy topics.

Prior to joining the faculty at UK, Dr. Darolia was an Assistant Professor of Public Policy and of Education at the University of Missouri and served as the Director of Research for the Institute of Public Policy. In his professional life before academia, he worked as an economist and financial analyst in Washington, DC and Silicon Valley.

Dr. Darolia received a PhD in Public Policy from George Washington University where he was recognized with the Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Association for Education Finance and Policy.  He also holds a master’s degree in economics and a bachelor’s degree in finance.

When not inverting matrices, Dr. Darolia is probably training to compete on Lego Masters with his 4- and 6-year old build partners.