Andrea Prado Tuma is an associate social scientist at the RAND Corporation. Her research seeks to understand how schools and school districts implement programs and/or policies to address educational inequality. She has particular expertise in school leadership, research-practice partnerships, and school-community engagement and specializes in qualitative and social network methodology.
Prado Tuma is currently working on projects focused on networked improvement communities (NICs), out-of-school time settings, social and emotional learning, and curriculum and instruction. Prior to graduate school, she worked at the Mexican Institute of Family and Population Research, where she contributed to the design of a curriculum to increase the academic achievement and middle school enrollment of girls in rural Mexico. Prado Tuma received an M.A. and Ph.D. in human development and social policy from Northwestern University.