Richard O. Welsh is Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in the Department of Administration, Leadership, and Technology. He received his B.A. in Economics and an M.A in Latin American Studies from Stanford University. He holds an M.A. in Economics and Ph.D. in Urban Education Policy from the University of Southern California.
Welsh’s areas of expertise include the economics of education and K-12 education policy analysis. He studies the efficacy, equity, and political dimensions of education reform in urban school districts, with a particular emphasis on school choice policies, student mobility, and school discipline. His research on student mobility provides empirical evidence on the patterns and effects of student mobility within urban school districts such as post-Katrina New Orleans. Welsh applies a mixed methods approach to scholarship on the politics of education and examines several dimensions of the politics of education surrounding market-based reforms as well as the changing nature of politics and advocacy in public education. His work on school discipline focuses on school and classroom contributors to discipline disparities, with a particular emphasis on the relationships and interactions among school leaders, teachers and support personnel. Welsh’s research has been published in Review of Educational Research, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, Education Finance and Policy, and Urban Education.
Prior to joining New York University, Welsh was Assistant Professor of Educational Administration and Policy at the University of Georgia. He also served as a district wide professor-in-residence for educational policy and equity in Clarke County School District in Georgia.