Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach is the director of The Hamilton Project and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. She is currently on leave from her position as an associate professor in the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University. She is also a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a research affiliate of the Institute for Research on Poverty.
Diane studies issues related to child poverty, including education policy, child health, and food consumption. She graduated magna cum laude from Wellesley College in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in economics and religion, and received a doctorate in economics in 2002 from Princeton University.
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.