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Bridget Terry LongBridget Terry Long, Saris Professor of Education and Economics, is the 12th Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE). A member of the HGSE faculty since 2000, Long served as academic dean from 2013 to 2017 and was previously the faculty director of the Ed.D. and Ph.D. programs from 2010 to 2013. View her CV here

Long is an economist whose research focuses on the impact of affordability, academic preparation, and information on college student access and success. As part of this work, she and co-authors have developed and tested a series of interventions designed to support saving for college, the completion of financial aid forms, and persistence in higher education. Long’s other research projects have examined the role of developmental/remedial education, instructor quality, and class size on college student success.

Long is a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and member of the board of directors for MDRC, a nonprofit social policy research organization, and the Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness (SREE). Long has been a presidential appointee and served as chair of the National Board for Education Sciences (NBES), the advisory panel of the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) at the U.S. Department of Education and was a visiting fellow at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. She is a recipient of the National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship and was awarded the Robert P. Huff Golden Quill Award from the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA). Long earned her Ph.D. and M.A. from the Harvard University Department of Economics and her A.B. from Princeton University in Economics with a certificate in Afro-American Studies.

Long has testified multiple times before Congressional Committees on education issues, and in 2017, she was selected to give a Centennial Lecture as part of the 100-year anniversary of the American Education Research Association (AERA). She has also won numerous research grants, including major awards from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, and the National Science Foundation (NSF). Over her professional career, Long has served as an advisor to many organizations, including the College Board, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, American Council on Education, Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, Ohio Board of Regents, and the I Have a Dream Foundation.

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