Dr. Bridget Terry Long, Ph.D. 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 helping students prepare, access, and succeed in college. As part of this work, Long and co-authors have developed a series of interventions and are working with multiple schools and other organizations to evaluate initiatives designed to encourage saving for college, the completion of financial aid forms, and/or persistence in higher education. 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, 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.