Mary Clare Amselem is a policy analyst in the Heritage Foundation’s Center for Education Policy. Her research and writing focuses on ways in which free market principles can inform higher education policy. Specifically, Amselem examines ways in which public policy can help curtail college costs and create greater options for students as they pursue skills needed to compete in today’s economy. Her commentary has appeared on several platforms including Fox News, C-Span, The Boston Herald, and The Washington Times. Amselem is also a regular contributor at The Daily Signal.
Prior to her current role, Amselem was both a research associate in the Institute for Family, Community, and Opportunity at Heritage and a research assistant in Heritage’s former Center for Policy Innovation. She is also a former Heritage intern, researching ways in which conservative policies can help spur upward economic mobility. Additionally, Amselem spent time in the classroom as a sixth grade teacher at a D.C. area school.
Amselem is a graduate of College of the Holy Cross in Worcester Massachusetts where she earned a B.A. Political Science and minored in History. She then earned her Master’s of Public Policy degree at the George Washington University’s Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Administration where she specialized in education policy.
Originally, from Potomac, Maryland, she currently resides in Washington, D.C.