The Education and Social Policy Project (ESPP) at Syracuse University invites applications for a Data Analyst. The Data Analyst will work with Professors Amy Ellen Schwartz and Michah W. Rothbart on empirical research in education policy and economics, employing quasi-experimental methods and cutting-edge econometrics. Key projects use large administrative data sets for NYC public school students to: (1) explore how COVID-19 pandemic affected children’s health and education in NYC over time, including changes in racial/ethnic and income disparities, the effects of vaccine availability and uptake, and the role of school and neighborhood resources in shaping outcomes and disparities; and (2) investigate the measurement, determinants, and impacts of absenteeism for student academic performance, attending to differences across child sociodemographic and economic characteristics, such as race/ethnicity, sex, grade, neighborhood of residence, and eligibility for free or reduced price lunch. Preference will be given to candidates with strong data management and writing skills, experience using large administrative data sets, and an interest in grant writing. The Data Analyst will work with others on multiple stages of research, including data cleaning, statistical analyses, and the development of new projects.

Under the direction of faculty supervisors, the Data Analyst will

  • Collaborate on absenteeism and COVID-19 project research, compose project datasets, and conduct quantitative analyses of secondary data. 
  • Draft analyses, write grant proposals and paper drafts 
  • Provide technical support to doctoral students and research staff and respond to data requests as approved by the faculty mentors.
  • Work on other projects and tasks assigned by faculty supervisors.


B.A./B.S. or M.A. in Economics, Education Policy, Public Policy, or related discipline. Quantitative research skills: this position requires strong background in construction and management of large datasets, quantitative empirical methods, and proficiency in statistical software such as Stata. Strong writing skills. Organization and communication skills, and a willingness to work as part of a team of researchers.

Applicants must have master’s level training in Economics, Public Policy, Education Policy or a related discipline at the start date or undergraduate training in such a field with 1-2 years of relevant work experience. Preference will be given to applicants with strong quantitative skills, experience analyzing large datasets, and demonstrated capacity for academic publication. Weight will also be given to candidates with relevant work experience. The applicant must be in residence, with ability to travel to New York City a plus.

Application Instructions

Required materials include:

  1. Cover letter. 
  2. Curriculum vitae.

For more information, and to apply, go to: For questions, contact Amy Ellen Schwartz, Daniel Patrick Moynihan Professor of Public Affairs and Chair, Economics Department; or Michah W. Rothbart, Assistant Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs;