CPRE : Consortium for Policy Research in Education

Katharine (Katie) Conn

Senior Research Scientist, CPRE, Teachers College Columbia University

Professional Biography

Katharine Conn is a Senior Research Scientist at the Consortium for Policy Research in Education at Columbia University. Her current research focuses on issues of quality and access in primary and secondary education, teacher retention, teacher professional development, school-to-work transitions in developing countries, and the use of meta-analysis in education research. Her current projects at CPRE include evaluations of the following programs: a teacher incentive program in Ohio, a teacher residency program in NYC, a personalized instructional model in New Jersey, and a teacher pre-service program in Thailand.

Katharine’s prior experience includes working as an evaluation consultant for The World Bank’s education research group, coordinating impact evaluations in education and public health for Innovations for Poverty Action in Kenya, conducting evaluations of education reforms for the Ministry of Education in Rwanda and UNICEF India, and serving as a high school mathematics & biology teacher for the Peace Corps in Guinea, West Africa.

Katharine holds a B.A. in Political Science (International Relations) from Duke University, a Masters in Public Administration in International Development (MPA-ID) from Harvard Kennedy School, and PhD in Economics and Education from Columbia University.