SESP Welcomes Two New Faculty Members

SESP Welcomes Two New Faculty Members

Nichole Pinkard and Ofer MalamudNichole Pinkard (PhD98), associate professor of learning sciences, returns home to Northwestern after breaking new ground at DePaul University. Pinkard, whose research focuses on creating supportive learning spaces, both on and offline, was one of the first graduates of SESP’s Learning Sciences PhD program. Two decades later, she’s back at Northwestern to spearhead collaborations through SESP’s Office of STEM Education Partnerships.

Pinkard, founder of the Digital Youth Network, received the 2014 Northwestern University Alumni Association Alumni Merit Award. In 2016, she delivered the keynote speech during the 2016 graduate convocation ceremony, where she stressed the importance of the School’s unusual “ecosystem” and credited a special mentor, Carol Lee, Edwina S. Tarry Professor of Education and Social Policy.

“What I learned the most from Carol and her insatiable work ethic is the importance of passing it on, and of having a circle of friends that you can think together with and cry with,” Pinkard told the graduates.

Ofer Malamud has joined the Human Development and Social Policy faculty and is a Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Policy Research. Malamud, who holds a PhD in economics from Harvard University, researches labor economics and the economics of education, including the effects of education on jobs and educational investments throughout life. He’ll be teaching the Quantitative Methods 1 course for PhD students.

Malamud, who came to SESP from the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago, has studied whether education, in addition to providing specific skills, can help students determine the best career path for their talents. He also has looked at how education may help workers brace themselves against adverse labor market shocks; how family environments can affect the productivity of later educational investments; and how learning new technology impacts the development of educational skills.

“The answers to such questions have the potential to make a significant and long-lasting contribution to the economics of education,” he said.  

By Julie Deardorff
Last Modified: 9/7/17