Claudia Rodriguez is an assistant policy researcher at the RAND Corporation and a Ph.D. candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Her interests include education policy, underrepresented minorities in higher education, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education, mathematical and statistical modeling, and quantitative and qualitative research methodologies.
Before joining RAND, she led projects to promote STEM disciplines among minority students and improve scores on the math portion of state exams. She also served as the academic supervisor for the Joaquin Bustoz Math-Science Honors Program at Arizona State University, which provides minority and low-income high school students with university-level mathematics instruction and college preparation. In that role, she oversaw staff training, created supplemental curricula, and mentored students working on research projects. She plans to continue focusing on recruiting and retaining underrepresented students in STEM. She recently defended her dissertation on the impact a math summer program had on underrepresented minority students in STEM.
Rodriguez earned an M.S. in applied mathematics for the life and social sciences and a B.S. in mathematics from Arizona State University.