Josh Bleiberg
Assistant Professor


Joshua Bleiberg is an Assistant Professor of Education Policy at the University of Pittsburgh School of Education. He was a Post-Doctoral Research Associate in School Reform at the Annenberg Institution at Brown University. His research uses quantitative research methods to estimate the causal effects of state and federal education policies on students of color and students from impoverished communities. In recent research Josh has examined the causal effects of national standards-based reforms (e.g., NCLB, Common Core, ESEA Waivers). He also uses quantitative research methods to elucidate areas of inequality in education. He has experience teaching education policy and statistics to a diverse group of students including undergraduates and education leaders.

Joshua received his Ph.D. in Leadership, Policy, and Organization at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College. He has a Master’s Degree in Education Policy and Management from Harvard University in Cambridge, MA and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY. Joshua also earned a Childhood education teacher certification in New York.

Instructional Interests

Joshua teaches research methods, causal inference, and education politics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Education. Prior to that he taught courses on education policy and research methods at Vanderbilt University.

Scholarly Interests

  • Standards-Based Reforms
  • Inequality in Education
  • Quasi-Experimental Education Policy Research
  • Education Politics
  • Teacher Labor Markets

Selected Grants

Principal Investigator, 2021, National Education Resource Database on Schools, $5,000

Russell Sage Foundation, 2018, Russell Sage Foundation, $15,089

Featured Publications

Bleiberg, J., Lyon, M., & Schueler, B.. (2022). Estimating the Effect of State Takeover of School Districts on School Funding Equity. Journal of Education Human Resources. (Conditionally Accepted).

Kraft, M., & Bleiberg, J. (2022). The Inequitable Effects of Teacher Layoffs: What We Know and Can Do. Education Finance and Policy, 17(2), 367-377. [Gated Link] [Ungated Link]

Schueler, B., Bleiberg, J. (2021). A Shock to the System: The Effects of State Takeover of School Districts on Student and Teacher Outcomes. Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. [Gated Link] [Ungated Link]

Bleiberg, J. (2021). Does the Common Core Have a Common Effect?: An Exploration of Effects on At-Risk Groups. AERA Open, (7), 2021. [Ungated Link]

Grissom, J., Redding, C., & Bleiberg, J. (2019). Money over Merit? Socioeconomic Gaps in Receipt of Gifted Services. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Educational Review, 89(3), 337-369. [Gated Link]

Bleiberg, J. (2019). An Exploration of Spillover Effects: Evidence from Threat-Induced Education Reform. Journal of Education Policy. 36(5), 643-670. [Gated Link]

Awards and Honors

  • Emerging Education Policy Scholar, Fordham Institute, 2021
  • Finalist for Madison Sarratt Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, Vanderbilt University, 2020
  • Director of Graduates Studies Award for Service to the Department, 2019
  • Education Policy Academy Fellow, 2018

Engagement, Partnerships, and Professional Service

  • Co-Chair Annenberg Speaker Series, Annenberg Institute, 2021-2022
  • Co-Director, Undergraduate Fellows for Education and Social Policy, Annenberg Institute, 2020-2021
  • Member, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan Committee, Annenberg Institute, 2020-2021
  • Senior Student-Faculty Representative, Vanderbilt University, 2016-2020

Josh Bleiberg


University of Pittsburgh
5500 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
230 South Bouquet Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

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