Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach

Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach

Margaret Walker Alexander Professor, School of Education and Social Policy and Director, Institute for Policy Research, Northwestern University


Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach, PhD, is an economist who studies policies aimed at improving the lives of children in poverty, including education, health, and income support policies. Her work traces the impact of major public policies such as the Food Stamp Program, school finance reform, and early childhood education on children’s long-term outcomes. She is the Margaret Walker Alexander Professor in the School of Education and Social Policy and director of the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University. Schanzenbach has published in many top-tier economics journals and serves as associate editor at the Journal of Human Resources. Her research is regularly cited in top media outlets, and she has testified before both the Senate and House of Representatives on her research. From 2015 to 2017, Schanzenbach served as director of the Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. She is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and a research associate at the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Education and the National Academy of Social Insurance.