Director of State Relations and Policy Analysis
Thomas Harnisch joined AASCU in 2007 and currently serves as Director of State Relations and Policy Analysis. His responsibilities include research, policy analysis and communication to the AASCU membership and other external stakeholder groups. He is also staff liaison to the AASCU Policies and Purposes Committee and helps craft the
AASCU Public Policy Agenda and plans the
Higher Education Government Relations Conference. His research interests include state higher education finance, access, affordability, and other state-related higher education topics. His research and commentary have been cited in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time Magazine, Politico, Inside Higher Ed, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and numerous other media outlets and governmental entities.
Tom previously worked as a graduate assistant at the Midwestern Higher Education Compact in Minneapolis.
He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a master's degree from the University of Minnesota, and a doctorate from The George Washington University. A Wisconsin native, Tom is active in numerous civic and charitable causes in the Washington, D.C. area.
Contact information: Phone: (202) 478-4660