Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach
Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach

Margaret Walker Alexander Professor of Education and Social Policy

Northwestern University

Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach is Margaret Walker Alexander Professor of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University, where she also directs the Institute for Policy Research. She is an economist who studies policies aimed at improving the lives of children in poverty, including education, health, and income support policies. She has testified before both the Senate and House of Representatives on her research. From 2015–17, Schanzenbach served as director of the Hamilton Project at The Brookings Institution. She is a member of the National Academy of Education and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Schanzenbach received her Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University and her undergraduate degree in economics and religion from Wellesley College.

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