Michael Podgursky is a professor of economics at the University of Missouri Columbia, where he served as department chair from 1995 to 2005, and is a former fellow of the George W. Bush Institute at Southern Methodist University. He is now a senior advisor on urban education and economic development at Saint Louis University. He has published numerous articles and reports on education policy and teacher quality. He serves on advisory boards for various education organizations and on editorial boards of several policy research journals. From 1980 to 1995, he was on the faculty of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He earned his bachelors degree in economics from the University of Missouri Columbia and a PhD in economics from the University of Wisconsin Madison.