• Ph.D. in Economics, Michigan State University
  • M.A. in Economics, Michigan State University
  • B.A. in Economics, The University of Texas at Austin
Research Areas
  • Workforce Development
  • Antipoverty Policy
  • Education
Teaching Areas
  • Economics
  • Social Policy

Christopher T. King is a lecturer and senior research scientist at the LBJ School of Public Affairs’ Ray Marshall Center, which he directed from 1991 to 2014. He has been researching workforce, education and social policy for more than four decades and received the prestigious Texas Exes Teaching Award in 2007. In 2012, he was selected as one of 20 national leaders in the Aspen Institute’s inaugural class of Ascend Two-Generation Fellows based in part on his work designing CareerAdvance®, Tulsa’s award-winning anti-poverty program, for which he is co-directing a rigorous evaluation with colleagues at Northwestern University. He co-chairs Austin’s Two-Generation Advisory Committee, serves on the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Two-Generation Evidence-Building Advisory Group, and is conducting research for the International Labour Office in Geneva with academics and practitioners around the world. In addition to his two-generation work, he is best known for designing and evaluating leading-edge sectoral and career pathway programs. Dr. King held prior positions as assistant professor of economics at the University of Utah (1973-1976), as an economist with the U.S. Department of Labor (1976-1980) and as director of research and evaluation for job training programs in the Texas Governor’s Office (1983-1985).


Media Expertise
  • Job Training
  • Worker Health and Safety
  • Education Policy
  • Labor
  • Performance management


Media MentionMarch 30, 2016
VIDEO: "Connecting Low-Income Individuals with Jobs"

House Human Resources Subcommittee Chairman Vern Buchanan (R-FL) announced today that the Subcommittee will hold a hearing entitled “Getting Incentives Right: Connecting Low-Income Individuals with Jobs” on Tuesday, March 1st at 10:00 AM in room 1100 of the Longworth House Office Building. At the hearing, members will explore opportunities to reform our welfare system to better meet the needs of job seekers and job creators, grow our economy, and move more American families forward.

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