Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach

Nonresident Senior Fellow – Economic Studies, The Hamilton Project

Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach is the director of the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University and the Margaret Walker Alexander Professor at the University. From 2015-2017, she was the director of The Hamilton Project, an economic policy initiative housed at the Brookings Institution in Washington D.C. She is also a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, a research affiliate of the Institute for Research on Poverty, and a nonresident senior fellow in economic studies at the Brookings Institution.

Diane studies issues related to child poverty, including education policy, child health, and food consumption. Much of her research investigates the longer-run impacts of early life experiences, such as the impacts of receiving SNAP benefits during childhood, the impacts of kindergarten classroom quality, and the impacts of early childhood education. She recently served on the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on the Examination of the Adequacy of Food Resources and SNAP Allotments.

  • Areas of Expertise

    • Child poverty
    • Education
    • Child health
    • Food consumption
    • Early Childhood Education
    • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Current Positions

    • Director, Institute for Policy Research, Northwestern University
    • Margaret Walker Alexander Professor, Northwestern University
  • Past Positions

    • Director, The Hamilton Project
  • Education

    • Ph.D (2002), Princeton University
    • B.S (1995), Wellesley College
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