Rachel Perera

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


M.P.A. in policy analysis, Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service at New York University; B.A. in political science and history, Hofstra University


Rachel Perera is an assistant policy researcher at RAND and a Ph.D. candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Her research agenda focuses on using quantitative methods to enhance our understanding of inequities in K-12 education and examine the effects of various policies and programs implemented to address persistent opportunity gaps. She is currently working on studies related to school segregation, school discipline, teacher diversity, and school choice.

Prior to joining Pardee RAND, she worked at Teach For America, most recently serving as director of research partnerships. She has an M.P.A. from the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service at New York University and a B.A. in history and political science from Hofstra University.

Honors & Awards

  • Phi Beta Kappa, Hofstra University