Dr. Bridget Terry Long is the Saris Professor of Education and Economics and former Academic Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Long is an economist who focuses on education with an emphasis on the transition from high school to higher education and beyond. Her research examines factors that influence student outcomes, such as enrollment, choice, and degree completion. Several current projects examine the roles of information and assistance in promoting college savings behavior, the completion of financial aid forms, and the likelihood of enrolling in college full-time. Her other projects examine the effects of financial aid; the impact of postsecondary remediation; and the role of instructor quality, class size, and support programs on college outcomes.
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. 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. She has won numerous major research grants and testified multiple times before Congressional Committees on education issues. Long received her Ph.D. and M.A. from the Harvard University Department of Economics and her A.B. from Princeton University.