Paul Bruno
Paul  Bruno

Paul Bruno

Cohort: 2015

M.A., Economics
University of Southern California

M.A., Science & Math Education
University of California, Berkeley

B.A., Molecular & Cell Biology
B.A., Philosophy
Distinction in General Scholarship
University of California, Berkeley


K-12 Education Policy

Research Interest

teacher quality, teacher labor markets, collective bargaining, school finance, school choice

Paul Bruno

Paul Bruno graduated with distinction from the University of California, Berkeley with degrees in cell biology and philosophy, and returned to Berkeley to earn his MA and teaching credential. After receiving his certification, he taught science for five years in Oakland and Los Angeles in both district and charter middle schools. A growing interest in education policy led him out of the classroom and back to graduate school at the University of Southern California, where he received a MA in economics. Now a Ph.D. candidate in urban education policy at the Rossier School of Education, Paul's current research interests include teacher quality, teacher labor markets, collective bargaining, and school finance. In addition to writing several policy briefs and reports, his work has been published in the Journal of Education Finance and Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis.


Professional Experience:

Advisor, Deans for Impact (2015)

Program Evaluator, NSF Award #1240939 (2014)

Middle School Science Teacher (2009-2014)

Teaching Assistant:

  • Intro to Physics (Undergraduate; UC Berkeley)
  • Multiple Regression (Ph.D.; USC)
  • Organizations & Policy (Ph.D.; USC)

Honors and Awards:

  • 2019: Emerging Education Policy Scholar (Fordham Institute)
  • 2018: New Scholar Grant (AEFP)
  • 2018: David L. Clark Scholar (UCEA)
  • 2015-2019: Graduate School Ph.D. Fellow (USC)
  • 2007-2009: California Flanders Fellow (UC Berkeley)
  • 2009: Teaching Effectiveness Award (UC Berkeley)
  • 2009: Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor (UC Berkeley)
  • 2004: Distinction in General Scholarship (UC Berkeley)


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