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Rachel Baker

Rachel Baker

Rachel Baker

Rachel ( is a doctoral student in Higher Education. She graduated in 2004 with a B.A. in psychology and elementary education from Dartmouth College. Rachel's professional experience includes teaching elementary school in the Marshall Islands, working as a literacy specialist at a school for the Deaf and coordinating college readiness programming at The Steppingstone Foundation in Boston. Rachel's research interests include college access and completion and community college success.

Faculty Advisors: Sean Reardon, Eric Bettinger, Tom Dee

Name: Rachel Baker

Research Interests: higher education success and persistence, higher education policy, descriptive and causal methods, broad access schools, economics of education, labor market outcomes, educational sorting and equity


  • Stanford University, Ph.D., Economics of Education & Education Policy, expected June 2015
  • Stanford University, M.A., Economics, 2014
  • Dartmouth College, B.A., Psychology Summa Cum Laude, 2004

More information:

Agent-based Simulation Models of the College Sorting Process. Sean F. Reardon, Matt Kasman, Daniel Klasik, Rachel Baker. 2014.
The Effects of Student Coaching An Evaluation of a Randomized Experiment in Student Advising. Eric P. Bettinger, Rachel Baker. Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 36(1), pp. 3-19. 2014.
Three Ideas for Broad-Access Higher Education. Mitchell L. Stevens, Kristopher Proctor, Daniel Klasik, Rachel Baker. A report on the conference, “Mapping Broad-Access Higher Education”, Stanford University, 1-2 December 2011, 2011.