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Erica Harbatkin

Doctoral Candidate, Leadership and Policy Studies

Erica Harbatkin is a doctoral student in the Department of Leadership, Policy, & Organizations at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College. Her research deals with how education policies can influence the educational outcomes of traditionally underserved student populations.

Prior to beginning at Peabody, she worked as a researcher at the Center for Education Policy at SRI International in Arlington, VA. In that capacity, she managed quantitative longitudinal data collection and management efforts and supported primary and secondary data analyses for education research projects. Before SRI, she was an associate at ICF International, where she supported federal program offices through formative evaluation work, technical assistance to grantees, and general capacity building.

She has worked as a journalist for daily newspapers in California, North Carolina, Massachusetts, and New Jersey.

She has a Master of Public Policy from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and a bachelor’s degree in Print & Multimedia Journalism from Emerson College in Boston.