Faculty

David Rapp, Director

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Professor, Learning Sciences
Professor, Department of Psychology

David N. Rapp is a Professor in the Department of Psychology in the Weinberg College of Arts and Science, and in the Learning Sciences program in the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University. His work develops and tests theoretical accounts of human language and memory, as well as applies those understandings towards educational design and intervention. He will being serving as Paper Editor of the journal Discourse Processes in Fall 2015.

rapp@northwestern.edu
David Rapp Bio


Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach, On Leave (Director)

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Faculty Fellow, Institute for Policy Research                                                Associate Professor, Human Development and Social Policy

Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach is an associate professor in the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University and faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. She is also a research consultant at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.  She studies policies aimed at improving the lives of children in poverty, including education, health, and income support policies. Her recent work has focused on tracing the impact of major public policies such as the Food Stamp Program and early childhood education on children’s long-term outcomes. Her recent paper with Susan Dynarski and Joshua Hyman on the impact of small classes in the early grades on college enrollment and completion won the Raymond Vernon Prize for the best article published in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management in 2013.

Her research has received financial support from the US Department of Agriculture, the US Department of Education, the Spencer Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Smith-Richardson Foundation, and has been published in the Quarterly Journal of Economics, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, the Review of Economics and Statistics, and the Journal of Public Economics, among other outlets.

Prior to joining the Northwestern faculty in 2010, Schanzenbach taught at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago and was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Post-Doctoral Scholar in Health Policy Research at the University of California, Berkeley.

She graduated magna cum laude from Wellesley College in 1995 with a BA in economics and religion, and received a PhD in economics in 2002 from Princeton University.

dws@northwestern.edu
Diane Schanzenbach Bio


STEERING COMMITTEE

Larry Hedges

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Board of Trustees Professor of Statistics and Social Policy
Faculty Fellow, Institute for Policy Research

Research Interests

Development and application of statistical methods for the social, medical, and biological sciences; evaluation research.

l-hedges@northwestern.edu
Larry Hedges Bio


Kirabo Jackson

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Associate Professor, Human Development and Social Policy
Faculty Fellow, Institute for Policy Research

Research Interests

Economics of education, labor economics, public finance, applied econometrics, development.

kirabo-jackson@northwestern.edu
Kirabo Jackson Bio


Bruce Sherin

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Coordinator, Learning Sciences PhD Program
Associate Professor, Learning Sciences

Research Interests

Conceptual change in science; computational linguistics applied to natural language data; programming environments for learning; external representations in science and mathematics.

bsherin@northwestern.edu
Bruce Sherin Bio


James Spillane

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Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Professor in Learning and Organizational Change
Professor, Human Development and Social Policy
Professor, Learning Sciences
Faculty Associate, Institute for Policy Research

Research Interests

Policy implementation; educational policy; organizational change; school leadership; relations between policy and teachers’ and administrators’ practice.

j-spillane@northwestern.edu
Jim Spillane Bio


David Uttal

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Professor, Psychology
Professor, Education

Research Interests

Mental representation, cognitive development, spatial cognition, early symbolization.

duttal@northwestern.edu
David Uttal Bio


CORE FACULTY

Emma Adam

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Professor of Education and Social Policy                                                                Faculty Fellow, Institute for Policy Research 

Research Interests

Social influences on emotional and physiological stress and sleep quality in children and adolescents and their parents; effects of stress and sleep on emotional and physical health and academic outcomes.

Emma Adam Bio


Lindsay Chase-Lansdale

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Professor, Human Development and Social Policy                                        Faculty Fellow, Institute for Policy Research 

Research Interests

Public policy and child and adolescent development; family functioning; health disparities; consequences of poverty and welfare reform on children and families.

lcl@northwestern.edu
Lindsay Chase-Lansdale Bio


Cynthia Coburn

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Professor, Education and Social Policy

Research Interests

Relationship between instructional policy and teachers’ classroom practices in urban schools.

cynthia.coburn@northwestern.edu
Cynthia Coburn Bio


Thomas Cook

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Joan and Sarepta Harrison Chair in Ethics and Justice
Professor, Human Development and Social Policy
Professor, Psychology
Professor, Sociology

Research Interests

Social science methodology, evaluation, educational policy.

t-cook@northwestern.edu
Thomas Cook Bio


Mesmin Destin

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Assistant Professor, Human Development and Social Policy Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology

Research Interests

Psychological processes underlying associations between socioeconomic circumstances and behaviors/outcomes, such as academic motivation and achievement; effects of financial assets on goals and behavior; small classroom-based interventions to improve school outcomes for low-income and minority youth.

m-destin@northwestern.edu
Mesmin Destin Bio


 Matthew Easterday

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Assistant Professor, Learning Sciences

Research Interests

Technology for the new civics – producing scientifically supported educational technology to create informed and engaged citizens who can solve the serious policy problems facing society such as poverty, global warming and militarism. Training such citizens requires us to understand how competent citizens analyze policy, communicate issues, and organize to make change. It also requires us to design more effective educational technology that can teach the knowledge, skills and dispositions citizens need.

easterday@northwestern.edu
Matt Easterday Bio


David Figlio

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Director and Faculty Fellow, Institute for Policy Research 
Orrington Lunt Professor of Education and Social Policy
Professor, Human Development and Social Policy

Research Interests

Accountability policy; economics of education; teacher quality; teacher labor markets; anti-poverty policy; intergenerational transmission of human capital; evaluation design.

figlio@northwestern.edu
David Figlio Bio


Elizabeth Gerber

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Assistant Professor, Learning Sciences
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Research Interests

Design and innovation work practices.

egerber@northwestern.edu
Elizabeth Gerber Bio


Jonathan Guryan

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Associate Professor, Human Development and Social Policy
Faculty Fellow, Institute for Policy Research 

Research Interests

Understanding the sources and consequences of racial inequality and the economics of education.

j-guryan@northwestern.edu
Jonathan Guryan Bio


Michael Horn

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Assistant Professor, Learning Sciences
Assistant Professor, Computer Science

Research Interests

Design of educational technology, learning in museums, computer programming, tangible interaction.

michael-horn@northwestern.edu
Michael Horn Bio


Eva Lam

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Associate Professor, Learning Sciences, Asian American Studies

Research Interests

Multilingualism and cultural diversity in education, digital literacy and learning in new media environments, second language and multilingual literacy, language and identity, language socialization, learning in transnational contexts of migration.

evalam@northwestern.edu
Eva Lam Bio


Carol D. Lee

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Edwina S. Tarry Professor of Education and Social Policy
Professor, Learning Sciences
Professor, African American Studies

Research Interests

Cultural contexts affecting learning broadly and literacy specifically; teacher preparation and development; classroom discourse; urban education.

cdlee@northwestern.edu
Carol Lee Bio


Lee Lockwood

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Assistant Professor, Economics

Research Interests

Lee Lockwood’s research is in the areas of public finance, labor economics, and health economics. He is especially interested in the effects of government programs on household behavior. His recent research focuses on the determinants of the saving and insurance decisions of older households.

lee.lockwood@northwestern.edu
Lee Lockwood Bio


Jelani Mandara

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Associate Professor, Human Development and Social Policy

Research Interests

The nature and effects of socialization, father’s involvement, and how they interact with gender, race and SES to impact youths’ academic and social development.

j-mandara@northwestern.edu
Jelani Mandara Bio


Douglas Medin

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Professor, Education
Professor, Psychology
Co-Director, Program in Cognitive Studies of the Environment
Director, Program in Culture, Language and Cognition

Research Interests

Learning, reasoning, and conceptual change in adults and children, mental models; acquisition of meaning, culture and education.

medin@northwestern.edu
Doug Medin Bio


Brian J. Reiser

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Professor, Learning Sciences

Research Interests

The design of learning environments and curriculum materials for science that support authentic practices including explanation, argumentation, and designing investigations. His research examines the cognitive and social interaction aspects of scientific inquiry, principles for scaffolding practices in software and curriculum materials, teaching practices, and curriculum design frameworks.

reiser@northwestern.edu
Brian Reiser Bio


James Rosenbaum

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Professor, Human Development and Social Policy
Professor, Sociology, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences
Faculty Fellow, Institute for Policy Research

Research Interests

High schools, community colleges, youth transitions to work and adulthood. School and college reform and restructuring. Sociology of education.

j-rosenbaum@northwestern.edu
James Rosenbaum Bio


Terri J. Sabol

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Assistant Professor, Human Development and Social Policy

Research Interests

Individual and environmental factors that lead to healthy child development.

terri.sabol@northwestern.edu
Terri Sabol Bio


Bruce Spencer

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Professor, Statistics

Research Interests

The production and use of public statistics, particularly in policy-laden contexts.

bspencer@northwestern.edu
Bruce Spencer Bio


Sandra Waxman

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Professor, Department of Psychology

Research Interests

Language and conceptual development in infancy and early childhood; cross-linguistic and cross-cultural perspectives; early acquisition of concepts, words, and inductive reasoning.

s-waxman@northwestern.edu
Sandra Waxman Bio