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Dr. Christopher King

Dr. Christopher King

Senior Research Scientist, Ray Marshall Center for the Study of Human Resources: Austin, TX

Dr. Christopher King is a senior research scientist, Director of the Ray Marshall Center for the Study of Human Resources and a lecturer at The University of Texas at Austin’s Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. He is a labor economist with four decades experience conducting policy and program analysis, designing innovative programs, and evaluating the impacts of education and training interventions. He has written widely on education, workforce, and social policy.

He currently directs the Dual-Generation Strategy Initiative, the Central Texas Student Futures Project, as well as an evaluation of locally workforce services in Austin (Texas). He also co-directs a team designing and analyzing the implementation of a sectoral jobs strategy for low-skilled, low-income parents of children served by Head Start and Early Head Start programs operated by the Community Action Program of Tulsa County, working with a multi-disciplinary team from Harvard, Northwestern and Columbia. He serves on the boards of the Corporation for a Skilled Workforce, The Austin Project and English at Work, and the Capital Area Economic Development District Council, among others.

Previously, Dr. King was assistant professor of economics at the University of Utah (1973-1976), an economist with the U.S. Secretary of Labor (1976-1980), and director of Research, Demonstration and Evaluation for job training programs in the Texas Governor’s Office (1983-1985). He has a B.A. from The University of Texas at Austin and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Michigan State University, all in economics.