Elizabeth Oltmans Ananat

Associate Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy

External Address: 
201 Science Drive, 230 Rubenstein Hall, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90312, Durham, NC 27708-0245
(919) 613-7302

Elizabeth Oltmans Ananat is Associate Professor of Public Policy Studies and Economics at Duke University. She received a B.A. in political economy and mathematics at Williams College in 1999, a master's degree in public policy from the Ford School at the University of Michigan in 2001, and a Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2006. In 2010 she served as Senior Economist for Labor, Education, and Welfare at the White House Council of Economic Advisers. Her research focuses on the intergenerational dynamics of poverty and inequality. (On leave, 2015-2016)


  • Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology 2006
  • B.A., Williams College 1999

Ananat, EO, Gassman-Pines, A, and Gibson-Davis, CM. "The effects of local employment losses on children's educational achievement." In Whither Opportunity?: Rising Inequality, Schools, and Children's Life Chances, 299-313. January 1, 2011.

The Racial Marriage Gap and Student Achievement: A New Look at an Old Conundrum awarded by William T Grant Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2018

The Marcellus Shale Income Gains (MSIG) Natural Experiment awarded by Pennsylvania State University (Principal Investigator). 2014 to 2016

The Effects of Local Job Destruction on Youth Mobility awarded by Russell Sage Foundation (Co-Principal Investigator). 2014 to 2016