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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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Nate Barrett
Nathan Barrett Associate Director and Senior Research Fellow

Nathan Barrett is an Associate Director and Senior Research Fellow, and his research focuses on the effect of teacher employment policies on teacher labor market outcomes and decisions.

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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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Christian Buerger Postdoctoral Fellow

Christian Buerger is a Postdoctoral Fellow whose research focuses on topics in program evaluation, public management, and public finance.

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Monica Hernandez
Mónica Hernández Postdoctoral Fellow

Mónica Hernández is a Postdoctoral Fellow, and her research studies the role that outside of school settings play on educational inequality gaps, both in developed and developing countries.

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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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Briana Diaz Scientific Research Analyst

Briana Diaz is a Scientific Research Analyst whose interests include database structures and data systems.

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Fred Sakon
Frederick Sakon Scientific Research Analyst

Frederick Sakon is a Scientific Research Analyst, and his research interests include probabilistic modeling and statistical methods applicable to education policy and socio-behavioral research.

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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

Partner Organizations


Partners at Tulane University

Community Partners