Thomas Harnisch joined AASCU in 2007 and currently serves as Assistant Director of State Relations and Policy Analysis. His responsibilities include writing and producing EdLines, a weekly digest of higher education state policy headlines; planning the Higher Education Government Relations Conference; developing the association's annual Public Policy Agenda and providing public policy research support. He also manages the division's social media, including the @aascupolicy Twitter account. His research interests include state higher education finance, access, affordability, and other state-related higher education topics. His research and commentary have been cited in Time Magazine, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Education Week, Washington Monthly, and numerous other media outlets and governmental entities.
Tom previously worked as a graduate assistant at the Midwestern Higher Education Compact in Minneapolis.
He received his master's degree in public policy from the University of Minnesota and his bachelor's degree in history and political science from University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in education at The George Washington University. His dissertation research involves efforts by public colleges and universities to bolster higher education as a state funding and policy priority. A Wisconsin native, Tom is active in numerous civic and charitable causes in the Washington, D.C. area.
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