Founding Columnist

Ben Castleman

Ben Castleman is the Newton and Rita Meyers associate professor in the Economics of Education and director of the Nudge4 Solutions Lab at the University of Virginia. He was a senior advisor to former First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher Initiative, where he leads Up Next, a national mobile messaging campaign to improve college, financial aid, and loan repayment outcomes for young Americans. Before returning to graduate school, he was a public school teacher and administrator in Providence, R.I. He received his Ph.D. at Harvard University.