Nat Malkus is a resident scholar and the deputy director of education policy at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he specializes in K–12 education. Specifically, he applies quantitative data to education policy. His work focuses on school finance, charter schools, school choice, and the future of standardized testing.

Before joining AEI, Malkus was a senior researcher at the American Institutes for Research, where he led research teams analyzing national education data on topics ranging from how many college students take remedial courses, to the comparisons between charter and traditional public schools, to tracking student achievement and graduation rates in schools undergoing turnaround reforms.

Previously, Malkus worked on a four-year experimental study to evaluate whether math coaches could help math teachers improve student performance. He has also taught advanced graduate statistics courses and quantitative policy analysis to graduate students. Earlier, Malkus spent four years as a middle-school teacher in Maryland.

Malkus has a Ph.D. in education policy and leadership from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a B.A. in historical studies from Covenant College.



  • Senior Research Analyst, American Institutes for Research, 2009–15
  • Research Assistant, Virginia Mathematics Coaching Project, 2007–10; Teaching Assistant, Hierarchical Linear Modeling, Joint Program in Survey Methodology, 2007–09; Teaching Assistant, Quantitative Applications for Education Policy Analysis, 2008; Research Assistant, High Quality Teaching Project, 2005–07; University of Maryland, College Park
  • Middle-School Teacher, Prince George’s County Public Schools, Maryland, 2000–04



Ph.D., education policy and leadership, University of Maryland, College Park

B.A., historical studies, Covenant College