Josh Shapiro, PhD
Affiliate Researcher

Dr. Josh Shapiro is the Assistant Dean of Innovation and Research Affairs at UC San Diego Extension. He serves as an Affiliate Researcher at JFI.

His current evaluation projects cover a wide range of topics from healthcare, advanced manufacturing, STEM education, to the role of philanthropy in economic development. He has worked on a number of labor market and innovation reports including a grant from the National Science Foundation on the role social and cultural dynamics play in regional economic development. Dr. Shapiro was one of the core evaluators on the effectiveness of the Department of Labor’s $500 million WIRED initiative, which involved 15 regions across the United States. Additionally, he has conducted a number of community based research projects building indicators and dashboards to measure collective impact as well as working with non-profits throughout San Diego to demonstrate social change. Dr. Shapiro was instrumental in the creation of the first Income Share Agreement between an Extension school and a Workforce Investment Board. He has been awarded 5M in grants and philanthropy for this initiative and gained local and national media attention for this innovative program to serve underrepresented and unemployed individuals. Dr. Shapiro also leads UCSD’s Extension’s market research team, which focuses on assisting educational programs to conduct market research and curricula development for workforce and education training programs. He has taught classes on Research Methodology for UC San Diego and is trained in both Qualitative and Quantitative methodologies with a specialization in labor market data.

Before attending graduate school Dr. Shapiro worked in the Conflict Resolution field in Washington D.C., was a public school teacher in South Carolina, and built homes with Habitat for Humanity in Louisiana. Dr. Shapiro holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Sociology from the University of California, San Diego and a B.A. in Social Thought and Analysis from Washington University in St. Louis.