SETH BOUR is the Deputy Director of the University of Chicago Crime Lab. His research interests involve the application of quantitative social science research methods to a variety of urban policy issues, including the improvement of education outcomes for urban youth. He is particularly interested in the transition from high school to postsecondary education and higher education more generally. Seth received a B.A. in Economics from Harvard.
ASHLEY CURETON is a Research Associate and Check & Connect Monitor through Northwestern University. She graduated from the University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration with a concentration in Community Schools and Educational Policy. Prior to her current position, she completed a fellowship through Education Pioneers, where she identified resources and social supports for the Chicago Public School's Office of Attendance and Truancy.
MEGAN FERRIER is a Research Associate with Northwestern University working on the Crime Lab's Chicago Mentoring and Student Attendance Intervention Project, which is being carried out by an interdisciplinary research team in collaboration with Chicago Public Schools. She received a B.A. from McGill University, a J.D. from the University of Toronto, and a master's degree in public policy from the University of Chicago.
SARA HELLER is a doctoral student at the University of Chicago's Harris School of Public Policy Studies, where she holds an Institute of Education Sciences Pre-Doctoral Fellowship. Her research focuses on how education and social policy can reduce inequality of opportunity and encourage economic mobility, as well as how alternatives to mass incarceration can cost-effectively reduce recidivism and improve educational attainment.