Christine Mulhern

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Associate Policy Researcher
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. in public policy, Harvard University; B.A. in mathematical methods in the social sciences, Northwestern University

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Christine Mulhern is an associate policy researcher at the RAND Corporation who focuses on the economics of education. Her research studies how students choose whether and where to enroll in postsecondary education and how social networks, school resources, and technology influence these choices. She has studied the effects of high school counselors on educational attainment, siblings' influence on college choices, and the impacts of personalized guidance technology provided by Naviance. More recently, she has examined inequality in the use of online resources during COVID-19. She also has work examining the impact of online learning technologies on course performance in higher education. Mulhern received her Ph.D. in public policy from Harvard University.