Susan Burkhauser

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Assistant Policy Analyst
Off Site Office


Ph.D. in policy analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School; M.Phil. in policy analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School; B.S. in policy analysis and management, Cornell University


Susan Burkhauser's research focuses on school and school district leadership, K-12 education, postsecondary education, and human capital development. She holds a Ph.D. in policy analysis from the Pardee RAND Graduate School and a B.S. in policy analysis and management from the College of Human Ecology at Cornell University.

Recent Projects

  • New Leaders Program Evaluation
  • Public Housing Integration
  • Education Credentials and Attrition: Evaluation and Modification of the Education Credential Tier Policy
  • Effect of Dual Language

Selected Publications

Pollack, Craig Evan, Harold D. Green Jr, David P. Kennedy, Beth Ann Griffin, Alene Kennedy-Hendricks, Susan Burkhauser, and Heather Schwartz, "The Impact of Public Housing on Social Networks: A Natural Experiment," The American Journal of Public Health (forthcoming)

Burkhauser, Susan; Hanser, Lawrence M.; Hardison, Chaitra M., Elements of success: how type of secondary education credential helps predict enlistee attrition, RAND Corporation (RR-374-OSD), 2014

Gates, Susan M.; Hamilton, Laura S.; Martorell, Francisco; Burkhauser, Susan; Heaton, Paul; Pierson, Ashley; Baird, Matthew; Vuollo, Mirka; Li, Jennifer J; Lavery, Diana Catherine; Harvey, Melody; Gu, Kun, Preparing principals to raise student achievement: implementation and effects of the New Leaders program in ten districts, RAND Corporation (RR-507-NL), 2014

Burkhauser, Susan; Gates, Susan M.; Hamilton, Laura S.; Li, Jennifer; Pierson, Ashley, Laying the foundation for successful school leadership, RAND Corporation (RR-419-RC), 2013

Burkhauser, Susan; Pierson, Ashley; Gates, Susan M.; Hamilton, Laura S., Addressing challenges in evaluating school principal improvement efforts, RAND Corporation (OP-392-NLNS), 2012

Burkhauser, Susan; Gates, Susan M.; Hamilton, Laura S.; Ikemoto, Gina Schuyler, First-year principals in urban school districts: how actions and working conditions relate to outcomes, RAND Corporation (TR-1191-NLNS), 2012

Hardison, Chaitra M.; Miller, L. W.; Li, Jennifer; Schroeder, Amber; Burkhauser, Susan; Robson, Sean; Lai, Deborah, Second-language skills for all?: analyzing a proposed language requirement for U.S. Air Force officers, RAND Corporation (TR-1189-AF), 2012

Honors & Awards

  • Susan Way-Smith Memorial Award FY2013, Pardee RAND Dissertation Awards