• Ph.D. 2013 – Stanford University, Education Policy
  • M.A. 2010 – Stanford University, Economics
  • B.A. 2003 – Williams College, Psychology and Mathematics

Areas of Expertise

  • Higher Education Policy
  • College Choice
  • Affirmative Action
  • Higher Education Stratification
  • College Admissions
  • Quantitative Methods


Daniel Klasik’s interest in college choice and the potential for policy to help students make those choices began during his early-career work as an admissions officer for a selective liberal arts college and developed further in his subsequent job as a research assistant at the Education Policy Center at the Urban Institute. These experiences exposed him to the many ways students consider their college options and the power of rigorous research to both describe policy problems and highlight effective solutions.


Daniel Klasik uses a wide array of quantitative methods to produce sophisticated descriptions and causal analyses of students’ pathways into and through college and the policies and practices that support student success on these pathways. This work has a strong equity focus and touches on issues of racial and socioeconomic stratification in higher education; race-conscious and race-neutral admissions policies; how where a student lives shapes her college opportunities and choices; the complicated process of successfully enrolling in college; and how we measure the quality of both colleges and students.