Alec Gershberg

Senior Lecturer, Sociology and Urban Studies
Senior Fellow, International Educational Development Program, Penn GSE

Ph.D. Regional Science, University of Pennsylvania, 1993

Dr. Gershberg is a specialist in social and education policy, public finance and economic analysis in both developing and OECD countries, with expertise in policy reform processes, institutional analysis, political economy, systems thinking, education finance, accountability, school governance, community participation and decentralization. He is particularly interested in how governments design and implement policies and reform processes to improve education quality. He has done both quantitative and qualitative research and applied policy analysis in Latin America—primarily Mexico, Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Ecuador. He has also worked in Egypt, Jordan, Romania, Georgia, Tanzania, Spain, and the U.S. and done cross-regional analyses on Latin America, East Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa. He has been a frequent consultant to the World Bank, the Department for International Development (DfID, U.K.), the Inter-American Development Bank, USAID (and its contractors), the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), UNESCO, and The Urban Institute. He has been a Visiting Fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California and Visiting Professor at the Stanford University School of Education, the Open University of Catalunya (UOC), and El Colégio de Mexico. Most recently, Dr. Gershberg was chosen to lead a five-year research project on the political economy of education reform for the RISE program working with country research teams in Vietnam, India, Pakistan, Indonesia, Tanzania and Ethiopia.


  • RISE Annual Conference 2018 : Alec Gershberg discusses Methods Morning ( Day 2)
  • RISE Annual Conference 2018 : Alec Gershberg on Why do Politicians invest in education ( Day 1)