George Spencer conducts research on two related areas of inquiry: understanding students' educational pathways from high school through college, and evaluating the effectiveness of policy levers intended to improve college readiness, access, and completion. His work in these areas has been published in American Educational Research Journal, AERA Open, Research in Higher Education, Journal of Higher Education, Review of Higher Education, and Teachers College Record.
Professor Spencer's current research examines the extent of college transfer pathways and the impact of policies to support students in this effort. His other work examines interventions designed to prepare high school students for postsecondary success.
Previously, Professor Spencer was a Dean’s Faculty Fellow at NYU's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development and a research associate at the Consortium on Financing Higher Education (COFHE). George was a 2015-2016 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Dissertation Fellow.
Ed.D. Education Policy, Leadership, Instruction, & Practice, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Ed.M. Education Policy & Management, Harvard Graduate School of Education
B.S. Communications Studies, Northwestern University