Robert Lerman is a professor of economics at American University and the Urban Institute's first Institute fellow in labor and social policy. His work deals with how education, employment, and family structure work together to affect economic well-being. He was director of the Institute's Labor and Social Policy Center from 1995 to 2003. He has served on a variety of panels and commissions, including the National Academy of Sciences panel looking at the nation's postsecondary education and training system for the workplace and the board of the National Fatherhood Initiative.
Dr. Lerman was featured in Big Think's "Month of Thinking Dangerously" series, contributing the dangerous idea that not all children in America should be forced into college-preparatory courses.