Maria Fitzpatrick promoted to the rank of Professor

Maria Fitzpatrick

Maria Fitzpatrick has been promoted to Professor in the department of Policy Analysis and Management at Cornell University. Along with her role in Policy Analysis and Management, Maria is the Associate Vice Provost for the Social Sciences, Director of the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs, and Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.  She is also an Affiliate in the CESifo Research Network, the Cornell Population Center, the Center for the Study of Inequality, and the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research.  Her research focus is on child and family policy, with a particular interest in the economics of education.  Specific research studies have focused on early childhood education policies, higher education, teacher compensation, benefits and labor supply, teacher pensions and retirement, child maltreatment, incarceration’s effects on children and mothers, and the effects of retirement on the health of older Americans.

Before arriving at Cornell, Maria Fitzpatrick was a Searle Freedom Trust postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Economic Policy Research at Stanford University.  She received her Ph.D. in economics from the University of Virginia, where she was both an Institute for Education Sciences and Spencer Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellow.  She obtained her B.A. in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Since being at Cornell, she spent one year as a visiting scholar at the National Bureau of Economics Research.

She has taught the following courses at Cornell:

  • PAM 5010: Education Policy
  • PAM 6370: Microeconomics for Policy Analysis
  • PAM 6471: Economics of Education
  • PAM 2550: Waiting for Superman? Perspectives on the “Crisis” in American Education

Congratulations on this well-deserved honor, Professor Fitzpatrick!