Jennifer Imazeki is a Senate Distinguished Professor and Professor of Economics at San Diego State University where she teaches courses in applied microeconomics and conducts research in the economics of K-12 education, including work on school finance reform and adequacy, and teacher labor markets.
Dr. Imazeki has published several articles in professional journals such as the Review of Economics and Statistics, Economics of Education Review, National Tax Journal, and Journal of Education Finance, as well as chapters in a number of books on school finance. She is a member of the American Economic Association, the Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management, and has served on the Board of Directors of the American Education Finance Association and the Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession.
With Andrew Reschovsky, Dr. Imazeki conducted an analysis of the costs of an adequate education in Texas for the plaintiffs in West Orange-Cove et al v. Neeley et al, and has published several papers related to that work. In Florida, she provided expert assistance on teacher cost adjustments to the plaintiffs in Miami-Dade et al v. King et al. She has also completed studies on adequacy and/or teacher costs in Wisconsin, Illinois, Washington and California.
In 2008, she assisted California Assemblywoman Julia Brownley to develop legislation for comprehensive school finance reform. She is an Associate Editor for The American Economist, and the managing editor for Conditions of Education in California, the blog for Policy Analysis in California Education (PACE).
Dr. Imazeki received her B.A. in economics from Pomona College, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she also worked as a researcher for the Consortium for Policy Research in Education and received a Spencer Dissertation Fellowship.