Bridget Terry Long
Harvard University
Dean and Saris Professor of Education and Economics
Bridget Terry Long

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Bridget Terry Long, Ph.D. is Dean and Saris Professor of Education and Economics at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE). A member of the HGSE faculty since 2000, Long is an economist whose work focuses educational opportunity and success. Much of her work examines the challenges students face, such as affordability, academic preparation, and incomplete or complex information, and she has evaluated the effects of policies as well as developed and tested interventions that aim to address those issues. Her studies have provided evidence on the effectiveness of financial aid policies, postsecondary remedial education, and support programs on educational attainment. She has also examined the impact of providing information and assistance on the likelihood students engage in important educational activities, such as completing financial aid forms, saving for college, and persisting in higher education. Long is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and was elected to the National Academy of Education and the International Academy of Education. She served as Chair of National Board for Education Sciences, the advisory panel of the Institute of Education Sciences at the U.S. Department of Education, and served as Chair during her appointment. Long has testified numerous times before U.S. Senate Committees and state governmental bodies, and she has won numerous major research grants. Since becoming Dean of HGSE in 2018, Long has led the school through the implementation of their redesigned master's program, the pivot to remote education during AY20-21, and the introduction of a new online degree program, along with expanding HGSE's external engagement and partnerships. She served as Academic Dean from 2013 to 2017 and was Faculty Director of the Ed.D. and Ph.D. programs from 2010 to 2013. Long earned her Ph.D. and M.A. from the Harvard University Department of Economics and her A.B. from Princeton University in Economics with a Certificate in Afro-American Studies.

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