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Jane Leer


Jane Leer is a joint-degree doctoral student in public policy and developmental /social psychology. She comes to Duke after having worked for seven years as an applied researcher with international NGOs and aid agencies. Broadly, she is interested in how social context shapes cognitive and social emotional development during critical developmental periods—namely, early childhood and adolescence. Current projects include an analysis of literacy skills trajectories among public school students in North Carolina, a randomized-controlled trial evaluation of Nicaragua’s first nation-wide home visit parenting program, and an analysis of the social determinants of adolescents’ gender attitudes in Cote d’Ivoire and Sierra Leone. 

Jane holds a B.A. (highest honors) in Development Studies/Political Economy from U.C. Berkeley and an M.A. in International Education Policy Analysis from Stanford University.