Steve Hemelt is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Policy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Hemelt is a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), an Affiliated Researcher with the Education Policy Initiative (EPI) at the University of Michigan, 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).