Michael Gottfried is a professor in the Gevirtz School of Education at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research focuses on absenteeism, schooling context, and STEM, with an interest in disabilities running through all of these areas. His research has been published in a number of journals, including the American Educational Research Journal, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, Teachers College Record, Education Finance and Policy, American Journal of Education, and Elementary School Journal. Professor Gottfried also serves on the editorial boards of American Educational Research Journal and Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis. He holds a Ph.D. in applied economics from the University of Pennsylvania.