Alex Gordon is a Research Assistant for the UChicago Consortium and a graduate student at the Harris School of Public Policy. In this position, he obtains, cleans, and analyzes data for projects on teacher retention and early college credit. His research interests include the substitute teacher shortage and the political economy of interactions between teachers’ unions and school parents. Before coming to UChicago, Alex taught fifth- through eighth-grade math at the St. Bartholomew School, where he still teaches an annual summer math intensive. Before becoming a teacher, he worked as a consultant in the e-sports industry. He regularly beats his students in Super Smash Brothers, even when it's three of them against one of him. His favorite book is Piranesi by Susanna Clarke.