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Liliane Nienstedt

Doctoral Student, Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations

Liliane Nienstedt is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Leadership, Policy, & Organization at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College. Her interests lie at the intersection of social welfare and education policies. Her current research project with Professor Carolyn Heinrich involves evaluating the provision of mental health resources in Tennessee schools. Her other project focuses on governmental and educational policies aimed at meeting people's basic needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Prior to her doctoral work, Liliane spent five years teaching middle school Science in Louisville, KY. She earned a B.A. in Chemistry from Williams College and an M.P.P. from the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, where she was awarded the Smolensky Prize for Best Master's Thesis. At Berkeley, she worked as a research assistant for the California Policy Lab and the Berkeley People Lab.