Katharine Meyer

Katharine Meyer

Katharine Meyer is a fellow in the Governance Studies program for the Brown Center on Education Policy at Brookings. Meyer focuses on how individuals access knowledge needed to make informed decisions about their postsecondary education opportunities – and how to build successful, scalable strategies to ensure greater access to that information. Her current work explores how to support college retention and completion through virtual advising, the effect of school counselors on college access, and the design of state financial aid programs. Her work has previously been published in journals such as the “Journal of Human Resources,” “Journal of Policy Analysis and Management,” and “Daedalus.” Meyer holds a Ph.D. in Educational Policy, a Masters of Public Policy, and a B.A. in Government from the University of Virginia.

  • Areas of Expertise

    • Libraries, School Counseling, College Access, Behavioral Science
  • Current Positions

    • Fellow, Governance Studies, the Brookings Institution
  • Past Positions

    • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Annenberg Institute, Brown University Affiliate, Taubman Center for American Politics and Policy
    • Research Affiliate, Nudge4 Solutions Lab, University of Virginia
  • Education

    • Ph.D. Education Policy, University of Virginia
    • M.P.P. Public Policy, University of Virginia
    • B.A. Government, University of Virginia

Media Coverage

The 74 million April 24, 2024

“It’s the lowest-income students, the first-generation students, who don’t have additional resources to guide them through this process, who are ultimately paying the price for this..."

Vox April 12, 2024

“In the long run, I think there’s every hope and expectation that this FAFSA simplification will deliver on its promise to get more low-income students into college…But the class of..."

New York Times July 13, 2023

Katharine Meyer’s research on college enrollment was quoted in a New York Times piece from Jessica Grose detailing how college enrollment can increase social mobility.

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