Bridget Terry Long, Ph.D. is Dean and Saris Professor of Education and Economics at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE). A member of the HGSE faculty since 2000, Long is an economist whose work focuses improving educational opportunity and student success. Her studies have provided evidence on the effectiveness of financial aid policies, postsecondary remedial education, and support programs on educational attainment. She has also developed and tested interventions that aim to provide students with information and assistance to support important educational activities, such as completing financial aid forms, saving for college, and persisting in higher education. Since becoming Dean of HGSE in 2018, Long has led the school through the implementation of their redesigned master’s program, the pivot to remote education during AY20-21, and the introduction of a new online master’s degree, along with expanding HGSE’s external engagement and partnerships. She served as Academic Dean from 2013 to 2017 and was Faculty Director of the Ed.D. and Ph.D. programs from 2010 to 2013.
Long is a Research Associate of theNational Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and was elected to the National Academy of Education and the International Academy of Education. She is the Chair of Board of Directors for MDRC, a nonprofit social policy research organization, an affiliate of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), and a member of the Board for the Red Sox Foundation. During the Obama administration, she served as Chair of National Board for Education Sciences, the advisory panel of the Institute of Education Sciences at the U.S. Department of Education. Long has been awarded the Peter H. Rossi Award for Contributions to the Theory or Practice of Program Evaluation from APPAM, the Spencer Foundation Mentor Award, and the Robert P. Huff Golden Quill Award for excellence in research and published works on student financial assistance.
Long earned 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. She has testified numerous times before U.S. Senate Committees and state governmental bodies, and she was a Visiting Fellow at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. She has won numerous major research grants, including awards from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, and the National Science Foundation (NSF). Long was selected to give a Centennial Lecture as part of the 100-year anniversary of AERA and the Henry and Bryna David Lecture at the National Academy of Sciences, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education.<embed>