Bridget Terry Long


Member Since: 2019


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 improving educational opportunity and student success. Her studies have provided evidence on the effectiveness of financial aid policies, postsecondary remedial education, and support programs on educational attainment. She has also developed and tested interventions that aim to provide students with information and assistance to support important educational activities, such as completing financial aid forms, saving for college, and persisting in higher education. 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 master’s degree, along with expanding HGSE’s external engagement and partnerships. 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 is the Chair of Board of Directors for MDRC, a nonprofit social policy research organization, an affiliate of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), and a member of the Board for the Red Sox Foundation. During the Obama administration, 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. Long has been awarded the Peter H. Rossi Award for Contributions to the Theory or Practice of Program Evaluation from APPAM, the Spencer Foundation Mentor Award, and the Robert P. Huff Golden Quill Award for excellence in research and published works on student financial assistance. 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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