Dr. Diane Schanzenbach is an economist who studies policies aimed at improving the lives of children in poverty, including education, health, and income support policies. She directs the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University, where she is the Margaret Walker Alexander Professor in the School of Education and Social Policy. 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 2015–17, 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.