Kelli Bird

Assistant Professor of Education, Research Faculty


  • Ph.D., Education Policy Analysis, University of Virginia, 2016
  • M.A., Economics, University of Virginia, 2010
  • B.S., Economics, University of Kansas, 2008

Kelli joined the UVA faculty in 2016.  Kelli's research focuses on designing and evaluating programs and policies to improve higher education outcomes among at-risk populations.  Kelli has worked with several large organizations, including the Common App and the US Army to design, implement, and evaluate large-scale interventions to improve higher education outcomes for at-risk populations.  In her current role as Research Director of Nudge4 Solutions Lab, she leads data and analytic efforts across a number of projects with the Lab’s state partners aimed at increasing the share of working adults with holding postsecondary credentials.  Kelli received her Ph.D. in Educational Policy Analysis from the University of Virginia in 2016; her dissertation focused on the distributional impacts of federal and state financial aid application policies.  Kelli also holds Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Economics from the University of Virginia and the University of Kansas, respectively.