Emilio R. Chavez-Herrerias

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


M.S. in international education policy, Harvard University; B.A. in political science, CIDE, Mexico; M.Phil. in policy analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School


Emilio Chávez-Herrerías is a doctoral candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy researcher at RAND. He earned his master’s degree in international education policy from Harvard University, where he was a World Bank Scholar, and his bachelor’s degree in political science from CIDE, a public research center in Mexico City.

His research interests include education policy, social policy, international development, and inequality. Before joining RAND, he coordinated a system assessment of the Mexican military education system, for the Mexican Ministry of Defense; he led the design of an index to measure racial disparities in educational outcomes, for the UN Development Programme, the Mexican Ministry of Education, and Fundación IDEA; and led the evaluation of a national scholarship program in Mexico (Bécalos).

At RAND, he has contributed to research to assess the body of evidence supporting effective interventions in two areas: social and emotional learning, and school leadership development. He is also collaborating in the assessment of two school leadership development programs (Wallace Principal Pipeline Initiative, and New Leaders), leading the collection and management of longitudinal school-level data in 11 U.S. states.

He is proficient in Spanish, English, and French.

Research Focus

Recent Projects

  • Principal Pipeline Initiative
  • New Leaders for New Schools
  • Effective Social and Emotional Learning interventions
  • Effective School Leadership Interventions

Honors & Awards

  • Scholar, World Bank / Government of Japan
  • Scholar, Harvard University
  • Way-Smith Dissertation Award, Pardee RAND Graduate School


Spanish; French