Curry Education Research Lectureship Series

All lectures are FREE and open to the public. No registration is required.
Light snacks and beverages will be available.
Parking is available at the Central Grounds Parking Garage.

Lectures are sponsored by the Virginia Education Sciences Training (VEST) Program (supported by the U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences or IES), Youth-Nex, and the Curry School of Education Dean’s Office.


Fall 2018

Behavioral Economics: Toward an Interdisciplinary Framework for Understanding Parent Behavior and Optimizing Early Childhood Interventions 

Lisa Gennetian, Research Professor, Institute for Human Development and Social Change, New York University
Friday September 28th 2018, 11-12:30 PM  
Holloway Hall (Rm 116), Bavaro Hall
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Bio: Lisa Gennetian is a Research Professor, Institute for Human Development and Social Change, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, New York University. Dr. Gennetian’s research portfolio spans poverty and policy research, income security and stability, early care and education, and children’s development, with a lens toward causal mechanisms. Her work with Dr. Eldar Shafir “The Persistence of Poverty in the Context of Economic Instability: A Behavioral Perspective,” describes a behavioral framework for poverty programs and policy. In 2015 she launched the beELL initiative; applying insights from behavioral economics to support parent engagement in, and enhance the impacts of, early childhood interventions. She is co-PI on a randomized control study of a monthly unconditional cash transfer to low income mothers of infants, co-PI at the National Center for Research on Hispanic Families and Children; and, has served as an Associate Editor of Child Development since 2012.


But Does It Work?: Building a System to Test the Nation’s Social Intervention Programs

Ron Haskins, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
Friday October 26th 2018, 11:00-12:30 PM  
Holloway Hall (Rm 116), Bavaro Hall
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Bio: Ron Haskins is a Senior Fellow and holds the Cabot Family Chair in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution, where he co-directs the Center on Children and Families. He is a past-president of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management. Haskins is the author of Show Me the Evidence: Obama’s Fight for Rigor and Evidence in Social Policy (Brookings, 2014) and Work Over Welfare: The Inside Story of the 1996 Welfare Reform Law (Brookings, 2006); co-author of Creating an Opportunity Society (Brookings, 2009) and Getting Ahead or Losing Ground: Economic Mobility in America (Pew Charitable Trusts and Brookings, 2008); and senior editor of The Future of Children. In 2002, he took a one-year leave from Brookings to serve as the Senior Advisor to the President for Welfare Policy at the White House. Prior to joining Brookings in 2001, he spent 14 years on the staff of the House Ways and Means Human Resources Subcommittee, serving as the subcommittee’s Staff Director after Republicans became the majority party in the House after the 1994 elections. He was editor of 1996, 1998, and 2000 editions of the House Ways and Means Green Book, a 1600-page compendium that describes and analyzes federal social programs. In 2016, Haskins and his long-time colleague Isabel Sawhill were awarded the Moynihan Prize for being champions of the public good and advocates for public policy based on social science research. In 1997, Haskins was selected by the National Journal as one of the 100 most influential people in the federal government. From 1981-1985, he was a senior researcher at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in History, a Master of Arts in Teaching, and a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from UNC. In his Washington career, he has focused on evidence-based policy, early childhood education, marriage and family formation, poverty, equal opportunity, abused and neglected children, and budget issues. Haskins lives with his wife in Pasadena, Maryland and has four grown children and three grandchildren.

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