Cassandra Hart is assistant professor of education policy. Her
recent work focuses on the effects of school choice. Hart earned
her PhD from Northwestern University in 2011.
2011: Ph.D., Human Development and Social Policy, School of
Education and Social Policy, Northwestern University
2006: Master of Public Policy, with honors
Irving B. Harris School of Public Policy Studies, University of
2002 Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service, magna cum laude, Phi
Beta Kappa, Honors thesis completed
School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University
Fellowships, Grants and Awards
2010-11 Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowship
2007-10 Institute for Educational Sciences Predoctoral
Fellowship, Multidisciplinary Program in Education Sciences
2008, 09 Conference Travel Grant, Northwestern University
2007, 08 Grant, Urie Bronfenbrenner Student Travel Fund for
Doctoral Students in Child Policy, for travel to Annual Meeting
of the Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management
2006-07 University Fellowship, Northwestern University
2006 National Science Foundation Graduate Research
Fellowship, Honorable Mention
2005-06 McCormick Tribune Urban Leadership Fellow, Harris
School of Public Policy, University of Chicago
2004-06 Dean‟s Scholarship, Harris School of Public Policy,
University of Chicago
1998-02 John Carroll Scholar, Georgetown University
1998-02 Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship, Georgetown
1998 National Merit Scholar
Publications and Working Papers
Figlio, D. & Hart, C.M.D. (In preparation). Competitive
effects of means-tested school vouchers.
Shager, H., Schindler, H., Hart, C.M.D., Duncan, G.J., Magnuson,
K.A., & Yoshikawa, H. (In preparation).
2011: Figlio, D., & Hart, C.M.D. (In press). Does
competition improve public schools? New evidence from the Florida
Tax Credit scholarship program. Education Next
2010 Figlio, D., Hart, C.M.D., & Metzger, M. (2010). Who uses
a means-tested scholarship and what do they choose? Economics of
Education Review 29(2): 301-317.
2008: Mendenhall, R., Kalil, A., Spindel, L.J. & Hart, C.M.D.
(2008). Job loss at mid-life: Managers and executives face the
„new risk economy.‟ Social Forces 87(1): 185-209.
2010: Selection into means-tested school voucher programs.
With David N. Figlio. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of
the Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management, Boston,
MA (November 2010).
Competitive effects of means-tested school vouchers. With David
N. Figlio. Poster presented at the Annual Institute for Education
Sciences Conference, Washington, DC (June 2010).
— Paper presented at the Spring Meeting of the National Bureau
of Economic Research, Cambridge, MA (April 2010).
— Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American
Education Finance Association, Richmond, VA (March 2010).
2009: Selection patterns for participation in Florida‟s
Corporate Tax Credit Scholarship Program. With David N. Figlio
and Molly Metzger. Poster presented at the Annual Institute for
Education Sciences Conference, Washington, DC (June 2009).
Parenting and child cognitive and socioemotional development: A
longitudinal twin differences study. Poster presented at the
Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America, Detroit,
MI (May 2009).
— Poster presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society of
Research in Child Development, Denver, CO (April 2009).
Who uses a means-tested scholarship, and what do they choose? New
evidence from Florida. With David N. Figlio and Molly Metzger.
Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Education
Finance Association, Nashville, TN (April 2009).
2008: Parental work and children‟s sleep patterns. With Emma K.
Adam and Emily K. Snell. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of
the Population Association of America, New Orleans, LA (April
2007: Penny wise and effect size foolish. By Greg J. Duncan
and Katherine Magnuson. Paper presented on authors‟ behalf at the
Annual Meeting of the Association of Public Policy Analysis and
Management, Washington, DC (November 2007).
American Education Finance Association
American Education Research Association
Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management