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UEL Faculty Directors

JONATHAN GURYAN (Co-Director) is Associate Professor of Human Development and Social Policy and of Economics, Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Policy Research and a courtesy member of the Economics Department and the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University. He is a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research, a Research Consultant at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and an associate editor of Labour Economics. Much of his research falls into two main categories: understanding the sources and consequences of racial inequality and the economics of education. His work on these subjects has been published in leading journals such as the American Economic Review, the Journal of Political Economy, Developmental Psychology, Educational Psychology, and the Review of Economics and Statistics. He was formerly an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business, and in 2009 received the John T. Dunlop Outstanding Scholar Award from the Labor and Employment Relations Association. Guryan received an A.B. in Economics from Princeton University and a Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

TIMOTHY KNOWLES (Co-Director) is John Dewey director of the University of Chicago Urban Education Institute (UEI) and clinical professor on the Committee on Education at the University of Chicago. Through the UEI, Knowles works on the generation of knowledge to produce reliably excellent schooling for children growing up in urban America. He has served as deputy superintendent for Teaching and Learning at the Boston Public Schools; created two organizations in Boston devoted to building the pipeline of high quality teachers and school leaders for Boston Public Schools; served as co-director of the Boston Annenberg Challenge, a nationally recognized effort to improve literacy instruction; founded and directed a full-service K-8 school in Bedford-Stuyvesant, New York City; and served as the founding director of Teach for America in New York City. He has written and spoken extensively on the topics of school leadership, teacher quality, school reform, and accountability in public schools. Knowles received a B.A. in Anthropology and African History from Oberlin College and a M.A. and doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

JENS LUDWIG (Co-Director) is the McCormick Foundation Professor of Social Service Administration, Law, and Public Policy at the University of Chicago, Non-Resident Senior Fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution, Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), co-director of the NBER's Working Group on the Economics of Crime, and co-director of the University of Chicago Crime Lab. Ludwig has been involved for the past dozen years with the evaluation of a large HUD-funded housing-mobility experiment known as Moving to Opportunity (MTO), which includes a major demonstration site on the south side of Chicago. He is a co-editor of the Journal of Human Resources, and a member of the Board on Children, Youth and Families of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Sciences. In 2006 Ludwig was awarded the David Kershaw Prize by the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management for distinguished contributions to public policy by the age of 40. Ludwig received a B.A. in Economics from Rutgers College and a Ph.D. in Economics from Duke University.

STEPHEN RAUDENBUSH (Co-Director) is the Lewis-Sebring Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Chicago and Chairman of the Committee on Education. Raudenbush is a leading scholar on quantitative methods for studying child and youth development within social setting such as classrooms, schools, and neighborhoods. He is best known for his work on developing hierarchical linear modes, with broad applications in the design and analysis of longitudinal and multilevel research. Raudenbush has been the Scientific Director of the Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods, an ambitious study of how family, neighborhood and school settings shape the academic learning, social development, mental health and exposure to violence of children growing up in Chicago. He is currently studying the impact of residential and school mobility on student learning and developing new measures of school and classroom quality. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the recipient of the American Educational Research Association award for Distinguished contributions to educational research, and former Professor in the School of Education at the University of Michigan. Raudenbush received a M.A. from Harvard University and an Ed.D in Policy Analysis and Evaluation Research from Harvard University.

UEL Founding Director

ROSEANNA ANDER serves as the founding Executive Director of the University of Chicago Crime Lab which was launched in the Spring of 2008 in partnership with the City of Chicago. The University of Chicago Crime Lab works to help develop, implement and evaluate promising crime and violence prevention interventions in a way that generates objective outcome data about what works and why. In January 2010, she was appointed to the International Association of Chiefs of Police Research Advisory Committee and to the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission. In March 2011, she was named co-chair of Chicago Mayor-Elect Rahm Emanuel’s Public Safety Transition Committee. Prior to joining the Crime Lab, Ander oversaw the Joyce Foundation’s Gun Violence program, which makes annual grants of $3.3 million to support research and public policies aimed at reducing deaths and injuries from firearms. She also served as the developer and lead program officer for the Foundation’s grantmaking on Early Childhood Education. Prior to joining Joyce, she was a Soros Justice Fellow with the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, where she helped develop and implement the nation’s first child safety gun regulations. Ander has also worked for the Harvard Injury Control Center, the Harvard Center for Children’s Health, and the Harvard Project on Schooling and Children. She holds bachelor’s degree from Boston University and a master’s degree from the Harvard School of Public Health.