Rachel Perera

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Assistant Policy Researcher; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
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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 (she/her) is an assistant policy researcher at RAND and a Ph.D. candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Her research uses quantitative policy analysis and applied econometrics to examine racial and socioeconomic disparities in education and assess the effectiveness of policies and programs designed to reduce inequality. Her current work focuses on federal civil rights enforcement, school discipline disparities, principals' racial attitudes, and school assignment/school choice policies.

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

  • National Academy of Education/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship
  • AERA/NSF Grants Program Dissertation Grant
  • AERA Minority Dissertation Fellowship in Education Research