Christopher Joseph Doss

Christopher Joseph Doss
Policy Researcher
Washington Office


Ph.D. in economics of education, Stanford University; M.A. in economics, Stanford University; M.Ed. in teaching at the secondary level, Harvard University; B.S. in chemistry, Brown University


Christopher Doss (he/him/his) is a quantitative researcher at the RAND Corporation who specializes in fielding causal and descriptive studies in education. His research interests are broad and have focused on early childhood education policies, educational technologies, STEM education, alternative teacher and principal preparation programs, and post-secondary workforce success. He is currently leading a study to understand how well different populations can detect deepfake STEM content, co-leading a study seeking to integrate coding into instruction in the early elementary years, co-leading a study looking at micro-credentials as a way to train high school teachers to teach STEM pathway courses, and has co-led studies on how text-messaging technology can help parents support the academic growth of their children at home. 

Though he is broadly interested in early childhood education, educational technologies, and the intersection of the two, he is also interested in answering questions at all levels of education through rigorous quantitative research.

Prior to entering research, Doss was a high school physics teacher and school leader. His experiences in schools provide a unique perspective that continues to inform his current work. Doss received his Ph.D. in economics of education from Stanford University.

Selected Publications

Master, Benjamin K., Elizabeth D. Steiner, Christopher Joseph Doss, and Hannah Acheson-Field, Pathways to Instructional Leadership: Implementation and Outcomes from a Job-Embedded School Leader Training Program, RAND Corporation (RR-A255-1), 2020

Robert Bozick, Christopher Doss, Kyle-Silar Evans, and Gabriella Gonzalez., "Occupational credentials for jobs in the sub-baccalaureate STEM economy: The case of the emerging energy sector in Ohio," AREA Open, 6(3), 2020

Christopher Doss, Erin M. Fahle, Susanna Loeb, Benjamin York, "More Than Just a Nudge: Supporting Kindergarten Parents with Personalized and Differentiated Text Messages," Journal of Human Resources, 56(1), 2019

Benjamin York, Susanna Loeb, Christopher Doss, "One Step at a Time: The Effects of an Early Literacy Text Messaging Program for Parents of Preschoolers," Journal of Human Resources, 56(1), 2019

Christopher Doss, "How Much Regulation? A Fuzzy Regression Discontinuity Analysis of Student Literacy Skills in Prekindergarten vs. Transitional Kindergarten," Education Finance and Policy, 14(2), 2019

Eric Bettinger, Christopher Doss, Susanna Loeb, Aaron Rogers, and Eric Taylor, "The Effects of Class Size on Online College Courses: Experimental Evidence," Economics of Education Review, 88(5), 2017

Gonzalez, Gabriella C., Christopher Joseph Doss, Julia H. Kaufman, and Robert Bozick, Supporting Middle-Skills STEM Workforce Development: Analysis of Workplace Skills in Demand and Education Institutions' Curricular Offerings in the Oil and Gas Sector, RAND Corporation (RR-2899-NSF), 2019

Sean Reardon, Christopher Doss, Josh Gagne, Rebecca Gleit, Andrea Johnson, and Victoria Sosina, A portrait of educational outcomes in California., Getting Down To Facts II, 2018