Dr. Bridget Terry Long, Ph.D. is Saris Professor of Education and Economics and will become the 12th Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education (effective July 1, 2018). She served as Academic Dean from 2013 to 2017 and Faculty Director of the Research Doctoral Program from 2010 to 2013.
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 the impact of factors such as affordability and academic preparation on college student outcomes. Several current projects also examine the effects of providing information and assistance with college processes on the likelihood that students engage in important educational activities. As part of this line of research, she and co-authors have developed a series of interventions and are working with multiple schools and other organizations to evaluate the impact of these initiatives on behaviors such as saving for college, the completion of financial aid forms, and persistence in higher education. Long’s other research projects examine the role of instructor quality, class size, and support programs on educational attainment.
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. She has also been a Visiting Fellow at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and recipient of the National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship. Long received 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 she was awarded the Robert P. Huff Golden Quill Award from the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA). 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.