Michah Rothbart


Michah W. Rothbart is a fifth year doctoral student at New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. His research and teaching interests are in public finance and financial management, particularly in the field of education policy. Michah’s dissertation includes three papers that explore the financial consequences of public policies on local budgets. The dissertation examines the financial implications of increased competition from high school choice on school expenditures, the effect of school finance reform on the relationship between race and local resources, and the impacts of publicly posted food safety compliance grades on economic activity and public resources. Michah’s other research in progress includes two papers assessing other implications of public food safety compliance grading as well as a study estimating the impact of universal free meals on school meal participation, childhood obesity, and school budgets.

Michah is an IES Predoctoral Interdisciplinary Research Training Fellow. During his doctoral studies, Michah has also served as a research assistant in NYU’s Institute for Education and Social Policy and an adjunct lecturer of public administration, teaching financial management for public, nonprofit, and health organizations.

Michah previously was the Director of Research and Evaluation at the N.Y.C. Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Readiness and before that he was an Oak Ridge Fellow in the U.S. Department of Commerce: Economic Development Administration. Michah received his MPA from the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs in 2010, with a concentration in finance and fiscal policy.