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Lisa A. Gennetian CV

Pritzker Professor of Early Learning Policy Studies
Sanford School of Public Policy
Box 90312, Durham, NC 27708
212 Rubenstein Hall, 302 Towerview Road, Durham, NC 27708
CV

Overview


Dr. Gennetian is an applied economist whose research straddles a variety of areas concerning child poverty from income security and stability to early care and education with a particular lens toward identifying causal mechanisms underlying how child poverty shapes children’s development. She is a co-PI on the first multi-site multi-year randomized control study of a monthly unconditional cash transfer to low income mothers of infants in the U.S. called Baby’s First Years. Her recent work bridges poverty scholarship with a behavioral economic framework.  “The Persistence of Poverty in the Context of Economic Instability: A Behavioral Perspective,” describes such a framework for poverty programs and policy, co-authored with Dr. Eldar Shafir and her co-authored publication “Behavioral Economics and Developmental Science,” further advances the application of behavioral economic insights to the arena of children’s development. Professor Gennetian has since launched the beELL initiative; applying insights from behavioral economics to design strategies to support parent and family engagement in, and enhance the impacts of, existing childhood interventions. Dr. Gennetian also has a body of research examining poverty among Hispanic children and families, serving as a PI on several grants and a co-PI directing work on poverty and economic self-sufficiency at the National Center for Research on Hispanic Families.

Current Appointments & Affiliations


Pritzker Professor of Early Learning Policy Studies · 2021 - Present Sanford School of Public Policy
Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy · 2021 - Present Sanford School of Public Policy
Director of Graduate Studies in the Sanford School of Public Policy PhD Program · 2024 - Present Sanford School of Public Policy
Affiliate of the Center for Child and Family Policy · 2023 - Present Center for Child and Family Policy, Sanford School of Public Policy

Education, Training & Certifications


Cornell University · 1998 Ph.D.
Wellesley College · 1990 B.A.