You are here




Recent Courses

Jane Leer


Doctoral student in Public Policy and Psychology (joint program)

As an interdisciplinary researcher in public policy and psychology, my work takes an ecological perspective to the developmental significance of economic, gender, and racial inequality. I focus in particular on how policy-amenable factors in schools, neighborhoods and home settings can improve educational equity, using a combination of methods including quantitative policy analysis (causal inference), experimental field studies, and program evaluation. 

My focus on the intersection between inequality, policy, and human development is informed by my experience conducting impact evaluations for education and community development programs in Latin America and West Africa, first as a research consultant at the Inter-American Development Bank in Nicaragua (3 years) and subsequently as a Research Specialist at Save the Children (3 years). 

Current projects include an analysis of income inequality in relation to early grade reading proficiency in North Carolina, an experimental evaluation of a home visit parenting intervention implemented at scale in Nicaragua, and a study analyzing the effects of exposure to political violence on parenting processes and child behavior, also in Nicaragua. 


B.A. University of California, Berkeley, Highest Honors in Development Studies/Political Economy (2011)
M.A. Stanford University Graduate School of Education, International Education Policy Analysis (2015)