Dennis A. Kramer II, Ph.D.
Dennis Kramer is a Visiting Associate Professor of Education Policy within the Johns Hopkins University's School of Education.
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 several top peer-reviewed journals within higher education, education policy, and public administration.
Recently, Kramer's scholarly agenda has focused on conducting field-experiments on the default structures 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 effect 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 recently completed a fellowship 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 supported a variety of large-scale education-based randomized evaluations within the Department of Education (ED), the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). In addition, he currently serves as a Senior Advisor within the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Federal Student Aid.
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 a bachelor's degree from San Diego State University. Before joining the faculty, Kramer served as the Senior Research and Policy Analyst for the Georgia Department of Education Policy Division.