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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 and Tulane Professor of Economics. 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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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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Alica Gerry - 2
​Alica Gerry Scientific Research Analyst III

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

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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

Zimmer  Ron
Ronald Zimmer National Collaborator

Partner Organizations


Partners at Tulane University

Community Partners