Bridget Terry Long is Academic Dean and the Saris Professor of Education and Economics at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). Dr. Long is an economist who specializes in the study of education, in particular the transition from high school to higher education and beyond. Her work focuses on college student access and choice and the factors that influence students’ postsecondary and labor market outcomes. Current projects examine the roles of information and assistance in promoting college savings, the completion of financial aid applications, and college enrollment. Other work examines the effects of financial aid programs, the impact of postsecondary remediation, and the role of instructor quality, class size, and support programs on student outcomes.
She has served as an advisor to many organizations, including the National Board for Education Sciences, MDRC, College Board, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, American Council on Education, Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, Ohio Board of Regents, and I Have a Dream Foundation. Dr. Long received her doctorate and master’s degree from the Harvard University Department of Economics and her bachelor’s degree from Princeton University.