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Team

The Education Research Alliance for New Orleans includes an internal team of expert researchers, a National Research Team of experts from across the country, partners within Tulane, and a Board of Advisors that includes local community groups, teacher unions, and local and state government agencies.

Leadership and Staff

Douglas Harris
​Douglas N. Harris Director

Doug is our founding Director, Tulane Professor of Economics, and Schlieder Foundation Chair in Public Education. His research has helped inform and influence national debates over a range of education policies, especially in charter-based school reform, teacher evaluation, accountability, and college access.

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Lindsay Weixler
Lindsay Weixler Associate Director and Senior Research Fellow

Lindsay Bell Weixler is an Associate Director and Senior Research Fellow, and her research interests include early childhood education and child and adolescent development in educational settings.

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Lihan Liu
Lihan Liu Senior Research Fellow

Lihan Liu is a Senior Research Fellow, and her research interests include labor economics, public economics, economics of education, and applied econometrics.

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Dan O
Daniel Oliver Senior Research Fellow

Daniel Oliver is a Senior Research Fellow at the Education Research Alliance for New Orleans. His research interests include economics of education, labor economics, and public policy.

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Deanna Allen
Deanna Allen Administrative Assistant

Deanna Allen is our Administrative Assistant, and she manages the office's day-to-day operations, tracks organizational budgets, and coordinates internal communications and meetings.

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Cathy Balfe Research Analyst

Cathy Balfe is a Research Analyst, and her research interests include parent choice within a decentralized enrollment system, particularly within early childhood education.

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Alica Gerry3
​Alica Gerry Research Analyst III

Alica Gerry is a Scientific Research Analyst III, and her research interests include the pre-K programming in New Orleans' decentralized education system.

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Mary Elizabeth Glenn Postdoctoral Fellow

Beth is a postdoctoral fellow at the Education Research Alliance for New Orleans within the Murphy Institute and Department of Economics at Tulane University.

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Sara Slaughter
Sara Slaughter Communications Director

As our Communications Director, Sara Slaughter oversees the development and execution of our communications strategy.

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Graduate Research Associates

Non-Resident Research Fellows

National Research Team

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Ronald Zimmer National Collaborator

Advisory Board

Institutional Members

  • Patrick Dobard, New Schools for New Orleans
  • Dana Henry, Urban League of Louisiana
  • Thomas Lambert, Orleans Parish School Board
  • Debbie Meaux, Louisiana Association of Educators
  • Kunjan Narechania, Louisiana Department of Education
  • Jim Randels, United Teachers of New Orleans
  • Caroline Roemer, Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools
  • Steven Sheffrin, Murphy Institute at Tulane University
  • Nahliah Webber, Orleans Public Education Network

Individual Members

  • Julie Lause, School Leader Representative (Board Vice President)
  • Noah Marble, Community Representative (Board President)
  • Luis Miron, University Representative
  • Mckenzie Parkins, Teacher Representative
  • Tory Taylor, Parent Representative

Bylaws

Partner Organizations

Funders

Partners at Tulane University