Benjamin L. Castleman

Newton and Rita Meyers Associate Professor in the Economics of Education; Director, NUDGE4 Solutions Lab


  • Ed.D., Harvard Graduate School of Education, 2013
  • A.B., Honors, Brown University, 1999

Ben Castleman is the Newton and Rita Meyers Associate Professor in the Economics of Education at the University of Virginia, and the Founder and Director of the Nudge4 Solutions Lab at UVA. He is the Faculty Director of the University of Virginia-US Army Partnership on Veterans' Education. Ben's research develops scalable solutions in education and public policy by leveraging behavioral economics strategies, data science, and research-policy partnerships. He is a senior advisor to Former First Lady Michelle Obama's Reach Higher Initiative. Ben has presented about his research at several White House convenings and in testimony before Congress.

Ben's research has appeared in top public policy and economics journals, including The Journal of Labor Economics, The Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, and The Journal of Human Resources. Ben's research has been generously supported by numerous philanthropic foundations and has received extensive media coverage, including The New York Times, National Public Radio, Time Magazine, and the Washington Post.

Ben is a graduate of Brown University, and completed his doctoral work at Harvard University. Before returning to graduate school, he was a public school teacher and administrator in Providence, RI.

Professor of Education and Public Policy Ben Castleman's talk at TEDxUVA's 2016 Sights Unseen conference.

Hearing: Closing the Achievement Gap in Higher Education

Ben Castleman discusses his work on the college admission and enrollment process