Dr. Guanglei Hong is Professor in the Comparative Human Development Department and the Committee on Education at the University of Chicago. She is the inaugural Chair of the Committee on Quantitative Methods in Social, Behavioral, and Health Sciences at the University.
Dr. Hong develops and applies causal inference theories and methods for evaluating educational and social policies and programs in multi-level, longitudinal settings. Her work is currently focused on developing concepts and methods for analyzing causal mediation mechanisms, for revealing spillover effects, and for conducting sensitivity analysis. She has received research funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education, the William T Grant Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada. Her research monograph “Causality in a social world: Moderation, mediation, and spill-over” was published by John Wiley & Sons in July 2015. Her other publications have appeared in leading journals in statistics, education, and psychology. She was Guest Editor for the Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness special issue on the statistical approaches to studying mediator effects in education research published in 2012. She received a William T. Grant Foundation Scholars Award (2009-2014) among other recognition.
She obtained a Master’s degree in Applied Statistics in 2002 and a Ph.D. in Education in 2004 from the University of Michigan.