Sarah A. Cordes

Sarah A. Cordes, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Policy, Organizational, & Leadership Studies
Ritter Hall, 345
1301 Cecil B. Moore Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19122
phone: 215-204-6332 
  • Ph.D., Public Policy, NYU Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Servicea
  • M.P.P., Duke University, Sanford School of Public Policy, Concentration in Social Policy
  • BA, The College of William and Mary, History
Areas of Interest
  • Education policy
  • Economics of education,
  • Urban policy,
  • Labor economics,
  • Quantitative methods.
Recent Scholarship
Cordes, S. A., Schwartz, A. E., Stiefel, L., & Zabel, J. (2015). Is neighbourhood destiny? Exploring the link between neighbourhood mobility and student outcomes. Urban Studies, 0042098014563469.


  • Sarah A. Cordes, Amy Ellen Schwartz, Leanna Stiefel, and Jeffrey E. Zabel. (2015), “Is Neighborhood Destiny? Exploring the Link between Neighborhood Mobility and Student Outcomes” Urban Studies.
  • Sean P. Corcoran, Sarah A. Cordes, and Amy Ellen Schwartz. (2014) “State Education Expenditures.” In Sustaining the States: The Fiscal Viability of American State Governments, ed. Marilyn Rubin and Katherine Willoughby, CRC Press.
  • Leanna Stiefel and Sarah A. Cordes. (2014) “Measuring School Finance Equity Using School Finance Statistics.” In Encyclopedia of Education Economics and Finance, ed. Dominic J. Brewer and Lawrence O. Picus, SAGE Publications, Inc.
  • Sarah A. Cordes. (2015) “In Pursuit of the Common Good: The Spillover Effects of Charter Schools on Public School Students in New York City.” Under review, Journal of Public Economics.
  • Amy Ellen Schwartz, Leanna Stiefel, and Sarah A. Cordes. (2015) “Moving Matters: The Causal Effect of School Mobility in Student Performance.” Under review, Education Finance and Policy.