Tom Swiderski | tswid@live.unc.edu | @tswid59 |CV

I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Public Policy at UNC Chapel Hill studying secondary and higher education in the US. I use quantitative methods to examine the effects of education programs and policies, especially those affecting the transition out of high school. I focus particularly on “college-prep” policies that require or encourage high school students to engage in college-level coursework and college-preparatory activity.

I have co-authored two peer-reviewed studies, one (published in Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis) examining participation and performance in Tennessee’s Statewide Dual-Credit program; the other (published in Social Science Research) estimating the effects of North Carolina’s Early College High Schools on youths’ likelihood of voting and experiencing criminal conviction. In my dissertation, I conduct three studies of college-prep policies that have been widely implemented across the US, including: statewide SAT/ACT testing; math and science course graduation requirements; and additional work on Early College High Schools.

Previously, I worked as a Social Research Specialist at UNC Charlotte’s Urban Institute, where I conducted partner-driven evaluations of local education, government, and social service programs. I earned an MSW from UNC Chapel Hill in 2016, and a BA in Psychology from Boston College in 2013.