Eric W. Chan is an aspiring scholar currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Economics & Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, studying to apply microeconomic theory and quantitative methods to answer research relevant questions in education policy. He is currently affiliated with the Community College Research Center, housed at Teachers College. His current broad research interests are in randomized experiments, family engagement, specialized populations, labor market choices, low-income housing, and issues in immigration policy. In 2016, he won the Columbia Committee on the Economics of Education (CCEE) Prize for best research paper by a PhD student in the field of Economics of Education. In addition to his studies, he has also taught courses in quantitative methods at Babson College and applied economics and quantitative courses at Columbia University. He has accepted an appointment to become an Assistant Professor of Statistics and Public Policy at Babson College with a start date of August 2018.
When he is not spending his time on his research, he spends time reading his Bible, learning to be a good husband, writing fiction, and playing his guitar. Originally from Boston, his interest in solving educational problems stems from the time he spent as an inner city student and his time after college working for the Boston Public School system as an Education Pioneers Analyst Fellow. He has a B.S. from Babson College and an M.A. from Teachers College, and previously worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers and the Boston Public Schools.