Tara Laila Blagg

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Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


M.S.W., University of Houston; B.A. in Hispanic studies, Rice University


Tara Blagg is an assistant policy researcher at RAND and a Ph.D candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. She has an M.S.W. in political social work from the University of Houston and a B.A. in Hispanic studies from Rice University. Her primary research interests are education policy and the policy areas surrounding K–12 education inequality, including school finance, health care access, public health, and housing policy.

Prior to joining Pardee RAND, she directed the Texas House of Representatives Committee on County Affairs, where she guided legislation on indigent healthcare, county criminal justice, and other county-related issues. She was previously a health policy research analyst at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, where she managed a research project on the connection between child health and K–12 academic outcomes and worked on research regarding the public health impacts of gentrification.