Assistant Professor University of Florida
Dennis A. Kramer II, Ph.D.
Dennis Kramer is an Assistant Professor of Education and Public Policy and the Director of the Education Policy Research Center at the University of Florida. His research focuses on the use of behavioral insights to understand education-based decision-making, the antecedents, and outcomes of federal, state, and local policies, and broadly the economics of education. His work has been featured in a number of top peer-reviewed journals within education, public policy, and public administration.
Recently, Kramer's scholarly agenda has focused on conducting field-experiments on systematic barriers and information asymmetries associated with education-based decisions making. Specifically, Kramer is collaborating on a project to examine the role of fiscal incentives and information on the re-enrollment impacts of recent community college non-completers. He is also leading one of the first known experiments on the impact of default choice structures within the student loan disbursement process to test the impact of institutionally-decided defaults on loan acceptance rates.
In addition to this academic role, Kramer is a non-resident Fellow with the Office of Evaluation Sciences (OES) within the General Services Administration (GSA) -- formerly the White House Social and Behavioral Sciences Team (SBST). With OES, Kramer is supporting a variety of large-scale randomized evaluations within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Kramer also holds affiliations with the Office of Federal Student, U.S. Department of Education and the Lab@DC.
Prior to joining the faculty, Kramer served as the Senior Research and Policy Analyst for the Policy Division of the Georgia Department of Education. In this role, Kramer managed the agency's policy research agenda, served in a leadership capacity for the development of the state's next generation state accountability system, and served as the agency's federal policy liaison. Kramer earned his Ph.D. in Higher Education Policy from the Institute of Higher Education at the University of Georgia with a master's degree from the University of Southern California and the bachelor's degree from San Diego State University.