Senior Research Associate and Lecturer
The Heller School for Social Policy and Management
Race-, Ethnicity- and Income-Based Inequality; Social Policy; Education and Achievement Gaps; Social Determinants of Family and Child Health and Well-Being; Community-/Place-based Policies and Strategies; Policy Evaluation
Erin Hardy is a Senior Research Associate at Brandeis University for the diversitydatakids.org Project (funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation), housed at the Institute for Child, Youth & Family Policy (ICYFP) at the Heller School for Social Policy & Management, and led by Faculty Director of ICYFP, Dolores Acevedo-Garcia. In her current role, Erin serves as the senior data analyst tasked with implementing all data-related activities of the diversitydatakids.org Project--a project focused on using data to advance child well-being and racial/ethnic equity.
In her postgraduate work, Erin has studied race-, ethnicity-, and income-based achievement gaps in education in the US, performing quantitative policy research for a leading national achievement gap scholar, Professor Ronald Ferguson of the Harvard Kennedy School, faculty chair of the Achievement Gap Initiative at Harvard University and co-founder of the Tripod Project for School Improvement. Erin also has experience in policy evaluation research, particularly process and impact evaluation of community-based initiatives, gained through her tenure at RTI International as a Research Associate. Her current research is focused on connecting research in the areas of racial and ethnic stratification and child development, with particular focus on early childhood and spatial methods. She is also focused on the development of nationally-comparable indicators related to racial and ethnic equity in child health, education and well-being. Early in her career, Erin spent half a decade working in corporate and public finance investment banking serving Midwest private and public sector clients. Erin earned a Master of Science in Political Science at MIT and a BA in Government and Economics at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. Most importantly, Erin is the proud mother of an exuberant three-year old girl.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, M.S.
Wesleyan University, B.A.
Awards and Honors
RTI International Internal Leadership Award (2008)
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