Dr. Hemelt’s fields of interest include the economics of education, education policy, labor economics, and program evaluation. A guiding theme of his research is the use of quantitative methods to inform contemporary policy debates in education. Hemelt’s current research focuses on transitions from high school to college and the workforce, the role of costs in shaping students’ decisions about higher education, and differentiated school accountability. Hemelt received his B.A. and M.A. in Economics and his Ph.D. in Public Policy from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). Prior to joining the faculty at UNC, Hemelt was an Institute of Education Sciences (IES) Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan.
Hemelt is a Research Fellow with the Institute of Labor Economics (IZA), an Affiliated Researcher with the Education Policy Initiative (EPI) at the University of Michigan, a Partner with the National Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research (CALDER), and a Faculty Affiliate of the Education Policy Initiative at Carolina (EPIC). Hemelt teaches courses on policy analysis and research design.