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


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.

He has extensive experience in applied policy research in a variety of domains, including education, military education, social policy, rural development, and inequality. Before joining RAND, he coordinated a research team working for Mexico's National Defense Secretariat to assess and reform the Mexican military education system; he led the design of an index to measure ethnic gaps in educational outcomes, for the UN Development Programme, the Mexican Ministry of Education, and Fundacion IDEA; and led the evaluation of the largest private-public scholarship program in Mexico (Bécalos).

He recently evaluated the impact of Talentum, a program identifying and supporting talented youth in public high schools. He is currently working on projects to assess the body of evidence supporting effective interventions in a variety of educational domains in the U.S., including school leadership, social and emotional learning, and science and research career outcomes for underrepresented minorities. He is proficient in Spanish, English, and French. His policy research interests are broad and include education, inequality, public safety, especially in Mexico and the Americas.

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