Taylor Odle

Assistant Professor


Odle, Taylor

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Taylor Odle is Assistant Professor of Educational Policy Studies and faculty affiliate with the Interdisciplinary Training Program in Education Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His work leverages quantitative methods and data science techniques to study issues concerning the economics of education and education policy with a specific focus on college access and success. Taylor’s work includes field experiments with national partners and quasi-experimental evaluations of existing policies to study “what works” in states, systems, and institutions for improving students’ transitions to and through college. This work has been funded by the American Educational Research Association/National Science Foundation, Joyce Foundation, and Spencer Foundation and featured in The Hill, The Washington Post, Forbes, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Inside Higher Education.

Before earning his PhD, Taylor led fiscal policy and research activities for the Tennessee Higher Education Commission and worked with MDRC, the National Student Clearinghouse, the College Board, and the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.


  • PhD Higher Education, University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, 2022
  • AM Statistics, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, 2020
  • MEd Higher Education, Peabody College, Vanderbilt University, 2016
  • BA College Scholars: Organizational Behavior, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, 2014