Brian Jacob is the Walter H. Annenberg Professor of Education Policy, professor of economics, and director of the Center on Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP) at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.
He is also a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and an executive committee member of the National Poverty Center. He has previously served as a policy analyst in the New York City mayor's office and taught middle school in East Harlem. His primary fields of interest are labor economics, program evaluation, and the economics of education. His current research focuses on urban school reform and teacher labor markets. In recent work, he has examined school choice, education accountability programs, housing vouchers, and teacher promotion policies. He received his PhD from the University of Chicago.