Meet Our Alumni

Meet Our Alumni

Students of the highly regarded Human Development and Social Policy (HDSP) program at Northwestern's School of Education and Social Policy gain methodological and content expertise through a distinctive interdisciplinary approach. Drawing from an array of outstanding resources — including an accomplished faculty, diverse research projects, multiple disciplines and numerous labs — students are able to tailor a concentration focusing on an area of specialization. At the same time, they acquire skills and knowledge across a broad spectrum. The program incorporates wide-ranging disciplines from psychology to political science, sociology and economics as well as multiple research methods in quantitative, qualitative and computational realms. As graduates go on to attain positions in academia and research, they find that the depth and breadth of their training allow them to communicate and collaborate across disciplines. Read some of our alumni's stories of how they approached their doctoral training and the outcomes they have realized.  


Like the alumni you meet here, graduates of the Human Development and Social Policy program assume teaching and research positions in higher education or policy analyst roles in government, government agencies or independent research organizations. In academia, HDSP alumni have joined the faculty at Cornell University, Brown, University of Pennsylvania, Duke, Johns Hopkins, University of Chicago and University of Wisconsin, for example. Graduates are especially well trained to become professors in other interdisciplinary programs in such areas as human ecology and policy studies or to bring an interdisciplinary perspective to traditional academic departments such as psychology, sociology or education. In policy settings, graduates have assumed professional positions with the General Accounting Office, Rand Institute, Urban Institute, Mathematica and Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation or worked as legislative assistants for committees and members of the U.S. Senate or House of Representatives.

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The Graduate Program in Human Development and Social Policy

School of Education and Social Policy

2120 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208
Northwestern University

Phone: 847/491-4329