Faculty Profile

Cassandra M.D. Hart
Assistant Professor

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Cassandra Hart is assistant professor of education policy. She studies the effects of state and national education policies on overall student achievement, and on the equality of student outcomes.  Hart’s recent work has focused on school choice programs, school accountability policies, and early childhood education policies.  She is also interested in the effects of virtual schooling on student outcomes, both in K-12 and post-secondary settings.

Hart received her PhD from the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University in 2011.

Education

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 Chicago

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

  • 2014-2016 American Education Research Association, Passing the Baton: Does a parent’s “Head Start” affect their children’s outcomes? (PI, $35,000)
  • 2013-2015 Spencer Foundation, Teacher Quality in Online Schools (PI, $50,000)
  • 2012 Jean Flanigan Outstanding Dissertation Award, Honorable Mention (Association for Education Finance and Policy)
  • 2011 Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management Ph.D. Dissertation Award, Honorable Mention
  • 2010-11 Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowship
  • 2007-10 Institute for Educational Sciences Predoctoral Fellowship, Multidisciplinary Program in Education Sciences
  • 2006 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, Honorable Mention
  • 2005-06 McCormick Tribune Urban Leadership Fellow, Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago

Publications

Hart, C.M.D., & Figlio, D.N. (Forthcoming). School accountability and school choice: Effects on student selection across schools. National Tax Journal.

Hart, C.M.D., & Sojourner, A.J. (Forthcoming). Unionization and productivity: Evidence from charter schools. Industrial Relations. Working paper version  

Hart, C.M.D. (2014). Contexts matter: Selection in means-tested school voucher programs. Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 36(2): 186-206.

Figlio, D. & Hart, C.M.D. (2014). Competitive effects of means-tested school vouchers. American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 6(1): 133-156.

Shager, H., Schindler, H., Magnuson, K.A., Duncan, G.J., Yoshikawa, H., & Hart, C.M.D. (2013) Can research design explain variation in Head Start research results? A meta-analysis of cognitive and achievement outcomes. Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 35(1): 76-95.

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.
 

Working Papers

Hart, C.M.D. (In preparation). Means-tested vouchers and the supply of private schools.

Professional Affiliations

  • Association of Education Finance and Policy
  • American Education Research Association
  • Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management
 
 
 
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