Dr. Podgursky is Middlebush Professor of Economics at the University of Missouri. Prior to that he was on the faculty of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (1980-1995). He earned a B.A. in Economics from the University of Missouri – Columbia (1974) and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin – Madison (1980). He has published numerous articles and reports on education policy and teacher quality, and co-authored a book, Teacher Pay and Teacher Quality. His research has been supported by grants from the U.S. Departments of Education, Labor, and Agriculture, and several foundations. He has served as a consultant on school finance litigation to numerous states. He is a member of the American Economic Association and the American Education Finance Association, the board of directors of the National Center for Teacher Quality, and the editorial board of Education Finance and Policy.