Gabriella C. Gonzalez

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Senior Sociologist
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Ph.D. in sociology, Harvard University

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Gabriella C. Gonzalez is a senior sociologist at the RAND Corporation. Her work focuses on school-to-work transitions, workforce development, and career and technical education, employing both qualitative and quantitative methodologies. Gonzalez is leading RAND's monitoring and evaluation of the Appalachian Partnership Initiative; co-leading a study of a public-private partnership that aims to support the semi-skilled workforce training needs in the energy and advanced manufacturing sector in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Texas sponsored by the National Science Foundation; and leading the implementation analysis of a newly developed career pathway program in New Orleans, designed to improve the employment and careers of underserved populations into the energy and advanced manufacturing sector in the region, sponsored by the New Orleans mayor's Workforce Investment Office and funded by the Department of Labor. She recently completed a study sponsored by the National Energy Technology Laboratory on the alignment of education and training with workforce needs in the energy sector in West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Her 2008 co-authored book, Facing Human Capital Challenges of the 21st Century, analyzed the education and labor market reforms of four countries in the Middle East. Gonzalez has over 15 years of experience in program evaluation, implementation analysis, case study analysis, designing and analyzing surveys, and in conducting and analyzing data from interviews and focus groups with key informants and industry leaders. She received her doctorate in sociology from Harvard University.

Recent Projects

  • Investigating the alignment between education, training, and employment in the energy sector in West Virginia and the Pittsburgh region
  • Evaluating ShaleNET, a partnership between a consortium of community colleges and energy industry in OH, PA, TX, and WV
  • Implementation and Evaluation of Tools for Life in Jackson Public School District in Mississippi
  • Evaluating the Military Spouse Education and Career Opportunity (SECO) programs
  • Evaluating the early progress of New Haven Public School reforms and the New Haven Promise

Selected Publications

Gabriella C. Gonzalez, Kyle Siler-Evans, Gerald Paul Hunter, Matthew Baird, Wages, Employment, and STEM Education in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia: Report No. 1 (2016), RAND (RR-1357-CHC), 2016 (forthcoming)

Gonzalez, Gabriella C. Robson, Sean, Phillips, Andrea, Hunter, Gerald, and David S. Ortiz, Energy-Sector Workforce Development in West Virginia: Aligning Community College Education and Training with Needed Skills., RAND (RR-812-NETL), 2015

Gonzalez, Gabriella C., Luke Matthews, Marek Posard, Parisa Roshan, Shirley Ross., Evaluation of the Military Spouse Employment Partnership: Progress Report on First Stage of Analysis, RAND (RR-1349-OSD), 2015

Bozick, Robert, Gabriella C. Gonzalez, and John Engberg, "Using a Merit-Based Scholarship Program to Increase Rates of College Enrollment in an Urban School District: The Case of the Pittsburgh Promise," Journal of Student Financial Aid, 2015

Gonzalez, Gabriella C., Singh, Reema, Karam, Rita, and David S. Ortiz, Energy-Sector Workforce Development in Southwestern Pennsylvania: Aligning Education and Training with Innovation and Needed Skills., RAND (RR-807-NETL), 2014

Lynn Karoly and Gabriella Gonzalez, "Early Care and Education for Children in Immigrant Families," Future of Children, 21(1):71-101, 2011

Gabriella Gonzalez, Lynn A. Karoly, Louay Constant, Hanine Salem, Charles A. Goldman, Facing human capital challenges of the 21st century : education and labor market initiatives in Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates, RAND (MG-786), 2008

Gabriella Gonzalez, Educational Attainment of Immigrant Families: Community Context and Family Background, LFB Scholarly Publishing, 2005

Recent Media Appearances

Commentary: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


  • Detainees sleep in a holding cell at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility, June 18, 2014

    With Child Migrants Set to Become Students, Educators Must Prepare

    Between 70,000 and 90,000 unaccompanied children are expected to cross the U.S.-Mexico border by year's end. Lost in an intensifying debate over U.S. immigration policy is the possibility that this wave will spill from shelters to schools. To best respond to this reality, policymakers and educators should consider what research says about educating migrant children.

    Jul 14, 2014 The RAND Blog

  • multiple choice standardized test answer sheet

    Are High-Stakes Tests Counterproductive?

    If we want testing to exert beneficial effects on teaching and learning, we need to advocate for higher-quality tests and for evaluation and accountability systems that use multiple measures and do not rely exclusively on test scores, write Laura Hamilton and Gabriella C. Gonzalez.

    Apr 22, 2013 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette