• Royce Fellowship


Public Policy/African Studies

Award Year 


Eric is creating the Providence Urban Debate Initiative for public high school students. The program will provide an alternative educational forum for ADHD students so that they can direct their hyperactivity, creative nonlinear thinking, and impulsiveness into debate.

Eric is the co-founder and CEO of the Design Innovation Factory, where he leads the education practice area. He has built, consulted with, or evaluated social sector organizations and urban school systems in over 32 states and on four continents. Eric serves as a mentor for Working Examples, a project funded by the MacArthur and Gates Foundations that is housed at the Entertainment Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon University. He is also a MacArthur Foundation / ETS Gordon Fellow at Arizona State University and conducts research for the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop. Eric recently served as Director in the Communications Group at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, where he supported the development of CCSS–aligned digital learning resources and established more than 45 distribution partnerships with firms who together reach over 10 million students. As co-founder, Chief Academic Officer, and interim Executive Director of the National Association for Urban Debate Leagues, Eric helped build and grow a network of Urban Debate Leagues serving over 20 metropolitan areas and 450 schools.He has taught in the Providence Public Schools and the Chicago Public Schools, as well as at Rhode Island Training School, Emory University and the University of Vermont. Eric earned degrees in Public Policy and Africana Studies from Brown University where he received the Truman Scholarship. He received his DPhil and an MSc from the University of Oxford with the support of a Marshall Scholarship. His doctoral thesis, Towards a More Rigorous Scientific Approach to Social Measurement, focused on measurement instrument design and iteration. Eric edited The Sage Handbook of Measurement.