Theresa Anderson, PhD
Ph.D., Public Policy and Public Administration
Principal Research Associate
Urban Institute

I primarily study education access and success policies throughout the life course, from early childhood to adult. I focus in particular on people and populations that have not been centered in our education systems, including out-of-school youth, adult learners, community college students, students with marginalized racial and ethnic identities, and parenting students. Much of my work also has focused on basic needs security through the social safety net (particularly food and cash support), as well as two-generation or whole-family policy interventions. I am a mixed methods researcher, trained in program evaluation (implementation, impact, and cost-benefit), though my work also relates to analysis of broader policy and social issues. I try to translate research to action, informing concrete practice and system changes that can help promote family opportunity and wellbeing.