Steve Hemelt is an Associate Professor of Public Policy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Hemelt is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Labor Economics (IZA), a Senior Researcher at the National Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research (CALDER), and serves as an Associate Editor of Education Finance and Policy. His research intertwines the economics of education, education policy, labor economics, and program evaluation.

Hemelt’s current work focuses on transitions to life after high school, skill demand, college costs, and student success in higher education. His research has appeared in public policy, economics, and education journals including the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Journal of Labor Economics, and Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis. Hemelt’s research has been supported by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Spencer, Smith Richardson, William T. Grant, and Russell Sage foundations.

Hemelt teaches courses on research design, causal inference, and policy analysis. Before joining the faculty at UNC, he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Michigan and an Assistant Professor at Cornell College. Prior to graduate school, he was a high school teacher in Maryland. Hemelt holds bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Spanish, a master’s degree in Economic Policy Analysis, and a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC).