Sarah Cordes


Sarah Cordes is a fourth year doctoral student at NYU Wagner focusing on education and urban policy. She is currently working on her dissertation, which examines how institutions and processes that interact with the public school system to influence student learning. Specifically, her dissertation examines how school finance reform affected parental investment in their children’s human capital, how charter schools affect public school resources, and how residential mobility impacts student performance. Sarah’s research and teaching interest are in education and urban policy, housing, public finance, and applied statistics and econometrics. In prior years she instructed Regression and Introduction to Econometrics at Wagner, prior to that she served as a Teaching Colleague for the same course. Sarah is also in her fourth year as an IES-PIRT Fellow, serving as a graduate assistant at the Institute for Education and Social Policy at NYU.

Prior to her doctoral studies at NYU, Sarah received her Master’s in Public Policy with a concentration in Social Policy from the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. While at Duke, Sarah also spent a summer working at the Urban Institute. Prior to attending Duke, Sarah spent two years teaching middle school math in Washington, DC as part of AmeriCorps.