Rachel M. Perera is a fellow in the Governance Studies program for the Brown Center on Education Policy at the Brookings Institution. Her research examines how racial and socioeconomic inequalities develop in K-12 education and the consequences of policies designed to reduce educational inequality. Her current work focuses on civil rights and education, school discipline, student assignment and school choice policies, and COVID-19 recovery. She also studies the politics of education policymaking, examining issues related to private school choice and charter schools as well as school boards.
Dr. Perera earned her Ph.D. in policy analysis from the Pardee RAND Graduate School, where she was a National Academy of Education/Spencer Dissertation Fellow. She also holds an M.P.A. from the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service at New York University and a B.A. in history and political science from Hofstra University. Prior to pursuing her Ph.D., Perera spent five years with Teach For America, most recently serving as Director of Research Partnerships.
Areas of Expertise
- Educational Equity, Civil Rights and Education, School Discipline, School Choice
- Director of Research Partnerships, Teach For America
- Ph.D., Policy Analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School
- M. Phil., Policy Analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School
- M.P.A., Public Policy Analysis, New York University
- B.A., Political Science and History, Hofstra University