Evergreen National Education Prize

Steering Committee Bios

The faces behind the prize

Ben Castleman


Assistant Professor of Education and Public Policy at University of Virginia

Ben Castleman is an Associate 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 has presented about his research at several White House convenings and in testimony before Congress.

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.

Elise Grinstead