Christopher Candelaria

Christopher Candelaria is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Education at Peabody College, Vanderbilt University. He specializes in school finance and resource allocation. Christopher’s research agenda consists of two aims. His first aim is to characterize the contexts in which money matters for student outcomes by examining changes in school funding systems at the state and local levels of government. His second aim is to better understand the resources that school systems employ to support students. Presently, Christopher is working with the Tennessee Education Research Alliance and the Tennessee Department of Education to study the Tennessee Investment in Student Achievement, the state’s new funding formula.

Christopher received his PhD in Economics of Education and Education Policy from Stanford University. Prior to his doctoral studies, he worked for four years as a research associate in the economic research department at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. He also worked as a high school math teaching assistant for the Los Angeles Unified School District.