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Benjamin L. Castleman

Associate Professor
Director
Unit: Curry School of Education
Department: Curry School of Education
Office location and address
Ruffner Hall 262
405 Emmet St S
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Education
Ed.D, Harvard University, November 2013
B.A. Brown University, 2000
Biography

Ben Castleman is an Assistant Professor of Education and Public Policy at the University of Virginia, and the Founder and Director of the Nudge4 Solutions Lab at UVA. He is a senior advisor to Former First Lady Michelle Obama's Reach Higher Initiative and is the Faculty Director of the University of Virginia-US Army Partnership on Veterans' Education. Ben's research develops scalable solutions in education and public policy by leveraging behavioral insights, data science, interactive technologies, and deep partnerships with public and private agencies and organizations. Ben leads Mrs. Obama’s Up Next campaign, a national text messaging campaign to improve college, financial aid, and loan repayment outcomes for young Americans. Ben has presented about his research at several White House convenings and in testimony before Congress.

Ben's research has appeared in top public policy and economics journals, including The Journal of Labor Economics, The Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, and The Journal of Human Resources. Ben's research has been generously supported by numerous philanthropic foundations and has received extensive media coverage, including The New York Times, National Public Radio, Time Magazine, and the Washington Post.

Ben is a graduate of Brown University, and completed his doctoral work at Harvard University. Before returning to graduate school, he was a public school teacher and administrator in Providence, RI.

Support of the AgriLife Extension Rural Student Success Initiative for Jasper & San Augustine IDS's
Source: Texas A & M University
September 01, 2018 – August 31, 2023
CU-EPW CollegePoint Evaluation - JCF
Source: Jewish Communal Fund
July 01, 2020 – June 30, 2023
Investigating the relationship between participation in a technology upskilling program and adult employment outcomes
Source: Merit America
March 01, 2020 – February 28, 2023
CU-Nudges to the Finish Line: Experimental Interventions to Prevent College Late Departure
Source: U.S. Department Of Education
January 01, 2016 – December 31, 2022
Career Advising Tools and Outreach for Low-Income College Graduates - Planning Phase
Source: ASCENDIUM EDUCATION SOLUTIONS, INC.
December 14, 2020 – June 30, 2022
Leveraging Data and Behavioral Science Strategies and Interactive Technologies to Improve College Access and Success Outcomes in Hawaii
Source: Harold K. L. Castle Foundation
December 15, 2018 – December 31, 2021
State Partnerships to Increase Postsecondary Attainment Among Adults Through Data and Behavioral Science Strategies
Source: Lumina Foundation for Education
December 01, 2018 – December 31, 2021
Hawaii Nudge Project - UHF
Source: University Of Hawaii
July 01, 2020 – September 30, 2021
Hawaii Nudge Project - Gear Up
Source: University Of Hawaii
October 01, 2020 – September 30, 2021
Using Behavioral Nudges to Support Patron Fine Management and Strengthen Library Engagement
Source: Brooklyn Public Library
November 16, 2018 – June 30, 2021
Personalized Pathways to Successful Community College Transfer: Leveraging machine learning strategies to customize transfer guidance and support
Source: State Council Of Higher Education(Schev)
April 15, 2020 – April 14, 2021
The Nudge4 Solutions Lab
Source: The Heckscher Foundation for Children
November 16, 2018 – December 31, 2020
CU-EPW CollegePoint Evaluation
Source: Bloomberg Foundation
September 01, 2017 – December 31, 2020
CU-Bottom Line College Access and College Success Program Evaluation
Source: Bottom Line
November 15, 2013 – November 14, 2020
Hawaii Nudge Project Summer Expansion
Source: University Of Hawaii
June 01, 2020 – September 30, 2020
Next Steps to Your Future
Source: University Of Hawaii
April 01, 2020 – August 31, 2020
State Partnerships
Source: Overdeck Family Foundation
November 01, 2018 – January 31, 2020
Improving access to cognitive behavioral therapy for incarcerated populations through gamification
Source: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
August 01, 2017 – December 31, 2019
CU-Personalized Information and Guidance to Improve Veterans' College Outcomes
Source: The Heckscher Foundation for Children
May 01, 2014 – December 31, 2019
Piloting A Randomized Controlled Trial to Evaluate And Design A Low-Cost, Highly Scalable Intervention Aimed at Improving Employment Outcomes For Individuals On Unemployment Insurance
Source: Texas A & M University
January 27, 2017 – October 31, 2019
Leveraging behavioral economics and data science strategies to increase degree attainment through the Texas reverse transfer policy
Source: Texas A & M University
September 01, 2018 – August 30, 2019
The Nudge4 Solutions Lab
Source: Carnegie Corporation of New York
April 01, 2017 – July 31, 2019
CU-CEWP Financial Aid Nudges: A national Experiment to Increase Retention of Financial Aid and College Persistence
Source: Temple University
July 01, 2016 – June 30, 2019
CU- Digital Messaging Campaign to Mitigate Summer Attrition
Source: President and Fellows of Harvard College
July 01, 2014 – June 30, 2019
BA-Improving prisoner re-entry outcomes through large-scale behavioral interventions
Source: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
February 01, 2017 – January 31, 2019
CU-Large Scale Outreach to Promote Early FAFSA Submission and Informed College Search
Source: Kresge Foundation
April 01, 2016 – December 31, 2018
CU-EPW The Nudge4 Solutions Lab
Source: The Heckscher Foundation for Children
January 01, 2017 – December 31, 2018
Personalized Information and Prompts to Improve Outcomes for Unemployed Individuals
Source: Texas A & M University
December 01, 2016 – October 30, 2018
CU-Leveraging Education Technology, Data Science, and Behavioral Insights to Improve Community College Transfer Rates
Source: J-PAL (Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab)
September 01, 2017 – June 30, 2018
CU - Customized Information for Separating Soldiers
Source: Kresge Foundation
September 01, 2014 – December 31, 2017
CU- Customized College Information for Separating Army Soldiers
Source: Lumina Foundation for Education
September 15, 2014 – December 31, 2017
CU- A Virtual Advising Model to Improve High School Students' Postsecondary Educational and Employment Outcomes
Source: Bloomberg Foundation
July 01, 2014 – December 31, 2017
CU-WVHEPC/Kresge/Eval
Source: West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission
August 01, 2013 – July 31, 2017
CU-Investigating the near-and medium-term impacts of behavioral nudge campaigns to improve college entry and persistance
Source: Laura and John Arnold Foundation
January 08, 2016 – June 30, 2017
CU-Improving prisoner re-entry outcomes through large-scale behavioral interventions
Source: Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation
November 01, 2016 – March 31, 2017
CU-Improving Loan Borrowing and Repayment Decisions Among Community College Students
Source: Lumina Foundation for Education
May 01, 2014 – December 31, 2016
CU-EDLF Large Scale Outreach to Promote Early FAFSA Submission and Informed College Search
Source: Greater Texas Foundation
July 01, 2016 – December 31, 2016
CU-Personalized Postsecondary Information for US Army Service Members
Source: Spencer Foundation
October 01, 2013 – October 31, 2016
CU-Statewide Pilot of a Personalized Text Messaging Intervention to Increase College Enrollment
Source: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
October 15, 2014 – August 31, 2016
CU-Statewide Pilot of a Personalized Text Messaging Intervention to Increase College Enrollment
Source: Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation
January 01, 2015 – August 31, 2016
CU-College Bound/My Summer GPS
Source: College Bound
September 01, 2013 – December 31, 2015
CU- FAFSA Completion and Income Verification for College-Intending, Low-Income Students/Gates
Source: University Of Pittsburgh
July 17, 2014 – June 30, 2015
EDLF 2050: What the Innovators Do: Strategies to Transform the Lives of Youth
Credits: 3
Inequalities persist at every level of education. Throughout this course we will study innovations designed to address these disparities. We will investigate the process by innovations are designed and will critically assess the efficacy of a wide range of innovations. The course will feature numerous guest speakers involved in innovation design and implementation, including leaders in the private, educational, and government sectors.
EDLF 4993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–6
Independent Study
EDLF 4995: Directed Research
Credits: 1–6
Directed Research under supervision of faculty member.
LPPP 7993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–6
Student will perform independent projects under close faculty supervision.