• Ph.D., Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies, The University of Chicago, 1995
  • M.A., Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies University of Chicago, 1991
  • B.A., Beloit College, 1989

Carolyn Heinrich (Ph.D., University of Chicago) is a research professor at the LBJ School. Before her appointment as Sid Richardson Professor of Public Affairs and affiliated professor of economics and the director of the Center for Health and Social Policy in 2011, she was the director of the La Follette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Heinrich’s research focuses on education, social welfare policy, labor force development, public management and econometric methods for program evaluation. She works directly in her research with the federal government on evaluations of workforce development programs, with states on social welfare and child support programs, and with school districts in the evaluation of educational interventions. She also collaborates with nongovernmental organizations such as the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank and UNICEF. She is the past president and a founding board member of the Public Management Research Association and served as the editor of the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory. In 2004, Heinrich received the David N. Kershaw Award for distinguished contributions to the field of public policy analysis and management by a person under age 40, and in 2010 she was elected to the National Academy of Public Administration.

Media Expertise
  • Healthcare Policy
  • Education Policy
  • Healthcare
  • Social policy


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