Schanzenbach To Lead Institute for Policy Research

Schanzenbach To Lead Institute for Policy Research

SchanzenbachNorthwestern University has appointed prominent economist Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach director of its Institute for Policy Research (IPR), effective September 1.

An IPR fellow whose research examines issues related to education and child poverty, Schanzenbach joined Northwestern in 2010 and is a faculty member in the Department of Human Development and Social Policy with a courtesy appointment in the Department of Economics.

From 2015-17, she was director of The Hamilton Project at the Washington, D.C.-based Brookings Institution, where she was a senior fellow in economic studies. Upon assuming the IPR directorship, Schanzenbach also will become the Margaret Walker Alexander Professor at the University.

As IPR's seventh director, Schanzenbach will succeed David Figlio, who will become dean of Northwestern's School of Education and Social Policy. During his tenure, Figlio oversaw many important changes, including structural enhancements and new collaborations with other Northwestern schools and with external partners. He will continue to contribute as an IPR fellow.

“Now, more than ever, we need to produce evidence of unimpeachable quality and to successfully convey this evidence to many different groups,” said Figlio, the Orrington Lunt Professor of Education and Social Policy and of Economics. “Diane has the rare combination of exceptional research talent and the remarkable ability to explain research to many audiences." 

Figlio has served as IPR's director since September 2012 During his tenure, Figlio oversaw many important changes, including structural enhancements and new collaborations with other Northwestern schools and with external partners. He will continue to contribute as an IPR fellow.

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By Northwestern staff
Last Modified: 7/28/17