Jane Leer

Doctoral student in Public Policy and Psychology (joint program)

Jane Leer is a Ph.D. candidate in public policy and psychology. Her work examines the intersection between structural inequality, policy, and child and adolescent development in the US and globally. She uses a combination of methods including quantitative policy analysis (causal inference), longitudinal analysis of survey and administrative data, field experiments, and qualitative data collection and analysis. Jane's dissertation examines diversity policies in US K-12 public schools, gentrification, and adolescent wellbeing across race and social class, with generous support from the American Psychological Association, the Society for Research in Child Development, and the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University.

Before coming to Duke, Jane conducted impact evaluations for early childhood development programs and social norms behavior change interventions in Latin America and West Africa, first as a research consultant at the Inter-American Development Bank in Nicaragua (3 years) and subsequently as a Research Specialist at Save the Children (3 years). She holds a B.A. (highest honors) in Development Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Masters in International Education Policy Analysis from the Stanford Graduate School of Education.

Duke Affiliations: Sanford School of Public Policy; Department of Psychology & Neuroscience; Duke Identity & Diversity Lab 

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