• Thomas L. Harnisch

    Director of State Relations and Policy Analysis
    American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)
    Washington, D.C. 

    Thomas Harnisch joined AASCU in 2007 and currently serves as Director of State Relations and Policy Analysis. His responsibilities 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 Time Magazine, Bloomberg, Inside Higher Ed, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Education Week, Washington Monthly, 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 in history and political science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a master's degree in public policy at the University of Minnesota, and a doctorate in higher education administration at the 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
    Email: harnischt@aascu.org