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Ph.D., Northwestern University
Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Education, Dept. of Leadership, Policy & Organizations
Mimi Engel holds a Ph.D. in Human Development and Social Policy from Northwestern University's School of Education and Social Policy and a master's degree in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago. Prior to joining the faculty at Vanderbilt, she was an Institute of Education Sciences Post-Doctoral Fellow with Professor Larry Hedges at Northwestern University. She also previously worked as a research associate at the University of Chicago's Consortium on Chicago School Research.
Professor Engel's work employs both quantitative and qualitative methods to investigate issues in education policy. She focuses on reform efforts and policies that affect disadvantaged populations. Professor Engel has done extensive research in the Chicago Public Schools and utilizes large-scale national databases. Her publications include peer-reviewed articles in Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, American Journal of Education, and Teachers College Record, among others. Professor Engel has also examined the effects of an experimental program for the working poor and the effects of early academic achievement and socioemotional behaviors on later academic outcomes. Previously, she investigated the effects of high-stakes testing and remedial summer school in the Chicago Public Schools.
Professor Engel's dissertation and recent work focus on teacher labor markets. Her dissertation, "Principals' and Districts' Hiring Practices: An Exploration of the Demand Side of Teacher Labor Markets" uses mixed methods to understand how principals hire teachers in the Chicago Public Schools and also uses nationally representative data to explore the relationship between the timing of teacher hires and teacher quality.