Michael Christian is a research scientist at Education Analytics, a nonprofit data science and research startup in Madison, Wisconsin. He previously worked as an assistant scientist at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research and the Value-Added Research Center (VARC) at the University of Wisconsin—Madison. His work at VARC focused on developing and estimating value-added models in a wide range of school districts as well as a number of state educational agencies. He has worked as a staff economist at the Bureau of Economic Analysis of the U.S. Department of Commerce. He has extensive experience providing technical assistance for districts and states participating in the Teacher Incentive Fund. He received a PhD in economics from the University of Michigan.