Michael Gottfried is associate professor in the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education at the University of California Santa Barbara. His research focuses on absenteeism, schooling context, and STEM with an interest in disabilities running through all of these areas. He has served as principal investigator on grants focusing on schooling context and outcomes specifically for elementary school students. He has published work in the "American Educational Research Journal," "Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis," "Teachers College Record," "Education Finance and Policy," "American Journal of Education," and "Elementary School Journal," among others. In 2016, he released a co-edited book on educational policy with Harvard Education Press. Gottfried is on the Editorial Board of American Educational Research Journal and Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis. He holds a PhD and MA in Applied Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA in Economics from Stanford University.