Sian Beilock is President of Barnard College. Her research sits at the intersection of cognitive science and education. She explores the cognitive and neural substrates of skill learning as well as the mechanisms by which performance breaks down in high-stress or high-pressure situations.
Anjali Adukia is an Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago's Harris School of Public Policy. Her research is focused on understanding factors that influence educational decisions and the potential role for institutions such as government agencies and non-profit organizations to improve child outcomes, particularly at the intersection of education and health. Her current work examines how the provision of basic needs - such as sanitation, clothing, and transportation - can increase school participation in developing contexts.
Hideo Akabayashi is a Professor of Economics at Keio University. His research areas are in economics of education and family economics. His publications include an economic theory of child development and empirical investigations concerning the effects of class size and private school vouchers in Japan.
Peter Blair is currently an Assistant Professor in the John E. Walker Department of Economics at Clemson University, where he serves at the Principal Investigator of the BE-Lab. His group's research in applied micro-theory focuses on labor market discrimination, residential segregation, and supply-side questions in higher education. They also study questions related to economic growth and education in the developing work.
Robert D. Mare is a Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the University of California - Los Angeles, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1998. At UCLA he served as the founding Director of the California Center for Population Research from 1998 to 2003. For 20 years prior to that, he was on the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Alyn McCarty joined Research for Action in 2017 as a Research Associate. At RFA, Alyn is the project director on a large, multi-year evaluation of an early literacy program in Philadelphia pre-k centers, and conducts quantitative research and analyses on several other projects. Prior to joining RFA, Alyn was a Health Disparities Research Scholar at the Center for Women’s Health and Health Disparities Research and served as a Research Scientist for the Lifecourse Initiative for Healthy Families, both at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Greg Walton is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Stanford University. Much of his research investigates psychological processes that contribute to major social problems and how "wise" interventions that target these processes can help address such problems. These psychological interventions can be minor in scope and duration but generate long-lasting effects.
Sarah Turner is University Professor of Economics and Education at the University of Virginia and a Research Associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research. Turner's research focuses on both the supply and demand sides of the education market and the link with the labor market, with particular attention to how public policies affect outcomes.
Todd Stinebrickner is a labor economist with a specialization in the area of education. He is the director of the Berea Panel Study. This longitudinal study of students from low income backgrounds was initiated with the aim of understanding how important decisions are made during college and during the early portion of individuals' post-college lives.
Stinebrickner received a B.S. in Mathematics (Summa cum laude) from St. Bonaventure University in 1992, and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Virginia in 1993 and 1996 respectively.
Marla Ripoll joined the University of Pittsburgh's Department of Economics in 2000. Although initially interested in understanding the role of credit in explaining recessions and expansions of the economy, her most recent research centers on development economics. Marla's interests in this field range from technology creation and adoption, to inequality and agricultural development, and more recently to schooling and demographics.