Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach (Chair)

Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach, PhD, is Margaret Walker Alexander Professor of Education and Social Policy, and Director of the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University. She is also a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, Nonresident Senior Fellow in Economic Studies at Brookings, and a research affiliate of the Institute for Research on Poverty. From 2015-2017, she was Director of The Hamilton Project, a non-partisan economic think tank at the Brookings Institution.

Schanzenbach studies issues related to child poverty, including education policy, child health, and food consumption. Much of her research investigates the longer-run impacts of early life experiences, such as the impacts of receiving SNAP benefits during childhood, the impacts of kindergarten classroom quality, and the impacts of early childhood education. She graduated magna cum laude from Wellesley College with a bachelor’s degree in economics and religion, and received a doctorate in economics from Princeton University.