Laura Bellows is a social policy scholar who studies the persistence of intergenerational inequality by race, ethnicity, and class. She primarily focuses on how public policies that create, or ease, stress for families affect child outcomes. Her current research, which has been funded by the Russell Sage and Horowitz Foundations, examines how recent increases in immigration enforcement affect educational outcomes for different groups of students. She has also conducted research on the effects of food instability on student outcomes (results published in the American Educational Research Journal), as well as on evaluating teacher preparation programs (published in Economics of Education Review and The Journal of Teacher Education). She became interested in these topics at her first jobs out of college, as a fourth grade teacher in the Houston Independent School District and a legislative aide for Texas State Representative Dora Olivo, who served on the House Public Education committee. She received her PhD in Public Policy from Duke University, her MPA from Indiana University-Bloomington, and her BA in History and English from Rice University.
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