Lauren Bauer is a fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution and the associate director of The Hamilton Project. Her research focuses on social and safety net policies, particularly on federal nutrition assistance programs, education, the labor market, and the economic security of women and children. Bauer is a member of the New York City Office of Community Schools Research Advisory Council and the Government Affairs and Public Policy Committee of MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger. She has served in research positions with political campaigns and as a Special Assistant in the Office of the Secretary at the US Department of Education. Bauer holds a BA in History and an MA and PhD in Human Development and Social Policy with a certificate in Education Sciences, all from Northwestern University.