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Erica Harbatkin

Doctoral Candidate, Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations

Erica Harbatkin is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Leadership, Policy, & Organizations at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College. Her research uses rigorous quantitative methods to answer questions around low-performing schools, school leadership, and educational inequality, with an emphasis on the role of public policy in shaping student outcomes. She received the $25,000 AERA dissertation grant for her dissertation, which examines low-performing schools, school turnaround, and leadership for school reform. 

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.