CIERS Seminar: Kalena Cortes
Kalena Cortes, Associate Professor, Texas A&M Bush School of Public Policy
Open to PhD students and faculty engaged in causal inference in education policy research
About the speaker: Dr. Kalena Cortes, associate professor at Texas A&M’s Bush School, holds a PhD in economics from the University of California at Berkeley. She is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), and has been a visiting scholar at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, the National Bureau of Economic Research, and Princeton University. She was previously as assistant professor in the School of Education at Syracuse University with courtesy appointments at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and the Department of Economics. For the 2017-18 school year, she is on leave as a visiting scholar at Stanford University’s Center for Education Policy Analysis.
Dr. Cortes has an extensive publication record in the areas of the economics of education and economic demography. Her research focuses on policies relating to curriculum reform, diversity in higher education, post-secondary returns to education, and educational achievement of immigrant children in the United States. Her research has been published in The Review of Economics and Statistics, The Journal of Human Resources, Economics of Education Review, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, and the National Tax Journal. Her emerging research interests include the economics of education and immigration policy. She is currently on the editorial board of the Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis and Economics of Education Reviewjournals, and is an Associate Editor of AERA Open. She is currently serving on the American Economic Association’s Committee on the Status of Minority Groups in the Economics Profession (CSMGEP). She served on the Board of Directors of the Association for Education Finance and Policy (AEFP) and was a Fellow at the Greater Texas Foundation. She is also the recipient of several grants and fellowships; her research has been funded by Spencer Foundation, American Educational Research Association, Greater Texas Foundation, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, National Institutes of Health, and the US Department of Education - Institute of Education Sciences.
About CIERS: The objective of the Causal Inference in Education Research Seminar (CIERS) is to engage students and faculty from across the university in conversations around education research using various research methodologies. This seminar provides a space for doctoral students and faculty from social science disciplines to discuss current research and receive feedback on works-in-progress. Discourse across schools and departments creates a more complete community of education scholars, and provides a networking opportunity for students enrolled in a variety of academic programs who share common research interests. Our regular meeting schedule is Wednesday mornings from 8:30 to 10 am in Weill 3240. Check out our website to learn more and to sign up for the mailing list.