MS, Cornell University, 2009
BS, Cornell University, 2008
Research Categories: Education policy, higher education finance, labor economics
Current projects: "Do Political Beliefs Affect Educational Outcomes? Explaining Disparities in Test Scores"
Katherine Duch is a Ph.D. candidate in Public Policy with a concentration in Economics. She researches education policy and higher education finance. She is currently exploring how political beliefs affect educational outcomes and how high-achieving students affect their peers. She has previously analyzed endowment spending rates at colleges and universities.
Kate serves as an ex-officio member of the Sanford School of Public Policy’s Board of Visitors. She was recently elected to serve a two-year term beginning in July 2013 as a Young Trustee on Duke University’s Board of Trustees. As a graduate and professional student representative, she has served on two committees of the Board of Trustees, the Institutional Advancement Committee and the Academic Affairs Committee.
Prior to her doctoral studies, Kate attended Cornell University where she received a M.S. in Labor Economics and a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations. She served as the undergraduate Student-Elected Trustee on Cornell University's Board of Trustees from 2007 to 2009. She was a member of the Finance, Buildings and Properties, Academic Affairs, Student Life, and Alumni Affairs and Development committees.
Kate is a University Scholar and a recipient of the James B. Duke fellowship.