Amanda Perez

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Ph.D. Student, Pardee RAND Graduate School, and Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND
Santa Monica Office


M.S. in engineering and technology innovation management, Carnegie Mellon University; M.S. in biomedical engineering, Carnegie Mellon University; B.S. in neuroscience, University of Michigan


Amanda Sari Perez is a Ph.D. student in the Research, Analysis, and Design stream at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy researcher at RAND. She has an M.S. in biomedical engineering and an M.S. in engineering and technology innovation management from Carnegie Mellon University and a B.S. in neuroscience from the University of Michigan. Prior to joining Pardee RAND, she was a product specialist at the Open Learning Initiative, an online open-source teaching and learning ecosystem at Carnegie Mellon University, where she helped migrate the system to a new platform. She was previously a research associate at the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon, where she conducted mixed-methods research to design, implement, and evaluate an online professional development community for high school teachers. Her research interests include education access and reform, labor and workforce development, digital literacy, human capital investment, poverty reduction, emerging technologies, and international affairs and development.