George Spencer

Dean's Fellow

George Spencer


George Spencer is an Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. He received an Ed.D in Education Policy, Leadership, and Instructional Practice from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2017. George also holds an Ed.M from Harvard University and a B.S from Northwestern University.

Dr. Spencer uses rigorous quantitative methods to conduct research on two areas of inquiry: investigating students’ educational pathways from high school through college, and evaluating the effectiveness of policy levers intended to improve college readiness, access, and completion. His current research estimates the impact of transfer policies supporting baccalaureate-seeking students who first enroll in community colleges. George’s other work examines efforts, such as dual enrollment and individualized learning plans, to better prepare high school students for postsecondary success.

Previously, George was a research associate at the Consortium on Financing Higher Education (COFHE). His dissertation was funded by the American Educational Research Association (AERA).