My name is Abe Gong. My goal is to learn how to make better schools.
I'm a first-year public policy and political science PhD student at the University of Michigan. I'm interested in institutional design, behavioral economics, and far-from-equilibrium dynamics in organizational change, especially as they yield practical approaches to improving K-12 education. When relatives ask, I usually say I study "school reform." Methodologically speaking, I lean quantitative, interdisciplinary, and pragmatic.
Politically, I'm a progressive moderate. I believe that accountability reform might work for the American K-12 system, but there are a lot of kinks to iron out first. The status quo is unacceptable.