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Rajeev Darolia, PhD is an Associate Professor of Public Policy at the University of Kentucky. He is also a Visiting Scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. Prior to joining the faculty at UK, Dr. Darolia was an Assistant Professor of Public Policy and of Education at the University of Missouri and served as the Director of Research for the Institute of Public Policy. He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Higher Education and Educational Researcher.
Dr. Darolia’s research interests include questions about how public policy affects economic mobility and financial security. Much of his research is on topics in education policy, but he also has active research agendas in consumer finance and corrections/reentry. Dr. Darolia publishes research across public policy, economics, and education journals, including in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Journal of Public Economics, and Journal of Higher Education. His work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the US Department of Labor, and the Association for Institutional Research. In his professional life before academia, he worked as an economist and financial analyst in Washington, DC and Silicon Valley.
Dr. Darolia received a PhD in Public Policy and Public Administration from George Washington University where he was recognized with the Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Association for Education Finance and Policy. He also holds a master’s degree in economics and a bachelor’s degree in finance.