Jeffrey Harding, Ph.D.
Jeffrey Harding, Ph.D., serves as an Accountability Research Specialist at the Georgia Department of Education. His primary job responsibilities focus on data analysis and reporting for the state’s K-12 education system. Dr. Harding began his career as a middle school language arts and social studies teacher before moving on to work as a graduate research assistant at the University of Georgia’s Institute of Higher Education, where he studied policy topics that spanned the K-20 spectrum as well as quantitative and qualitative methods. He has presented at national and international conferences on a range of topics, and his work has been published in the peer reviewed journal Teachers College Record as well as in trade publications targeting an international K-12 audience. His main research interests relate to the economics of education, including teacher labor markets, student loan debt, and the returns on investment in higher education.