Steve Hemelt is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 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). His primary fields of interest are the economics of education, education policy, labor economics, and program evaluation. Hemelt teaches courses on policy analysis and research design.

His 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).