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About Carolyn

Carolyn J. Heinrich (Ph.D., The University of Chicago) is the Patricia and Rodes Hart Professor of Public Policy, Education and Economics in the Peabody College at Vanderbilt University.  Her research focuses on education, workforce development, social welfare policy, program evaluation, and public management.  She works directly with federal, state and local governments in her research to improve policy design and program effectiveness and also collaborates with nongovernmental organizations to improve the impacts of economic and social protection investments in middle-income and developing countries. She received the David N. Kershaw Award for distinguished contributions to the field of public policy analysis and management in 2004 and was elected to the National Academy of Public Administration in 2011. She has served as the President of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management and the Public Management Research Association and has published more than 80 journal articles and books or book chapters.