Dr. Min Sun is a Professor in Education Policy. She specializes in economics of education, educator labor markets and effectiveness, school accountability and improvement, and school finance policies. Besides utilizing conventional large-scale administrative data on schools, teachers, and students, Dr. Sun uses "big data" analytics (such as machine learning strategies, social network analysis) to analyze novel data (e.g., texts, social relationships, and team professional relationships) in educational policy research. Her work has been published in premier research journals in educational policy, economics and public policy, and has been funded by IES, NSF, Ballmer Group, Spencer Foundation, William T. Grant Foundation, among others.
Dr. Sun is the Director of Education Policy Analytics Lab (EPAL). The lab's work uses interdisciplinary perspectives and research methods to provide cutting-edge educational policy research to address educational, economic, and social inequities. We seek to provide meaningful, innovative, and rigorous analysis of data (both in-depth and at scale) to address pressing educational issues at federal, state, and local levels. Our work is conducted in close partnership with practitioners and policymakers to bring real solutions to real issues. The lab unites scholars, graduate, and undergraduate students from educational policy, statistics, and computer science.
Education Policy, Data Science in Education, Economics of Education, Educator Labor Markets, Teacher Instructional Quality, School Accountability and Improvement, School Finance and Teacher Salary
Ph.D. Dual major in Educational Policy (Ed. Policy) and Measurement and Quantitative Methods (MQM), Michigan State University
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EDLPS 302 Intro to Edu Policy
EDLPS 564 Economics of Education
EDLPS 560 Ed Policy Studies and Practice
EDPSY 567 Applied Quasi-experimental Research in Education and Other Social Science