Amanda Lu

Amanda Lu

Amanda is a PhD Student in Education Policy and is a recipient of the Institute of Education Sciences Predoctoral Training Fellowship and the Stanford Graduate Fellowship in Science and Engineering. She earned a joint Masters in Policy, Organization, and Leadership Studies from the Stanford GSE and MPP from the Stanford Public Policy Program in 2015, and a Bachelors Degree in Government from Harvard College in 2011. Prior to Stanford, Amanda was a high school math teacher and College Counselor at Edna Karr High School in New Orleans, LA. Amanda is interested in evaluating and understanding the role of private interventions in public education reform efforts.

Faculty advisors: 

Mitchell Stevens and Eric Bettinger

Research interests: 
Charter Schools and School Choice, Sociology of Education, Urban Education Politics, Mixed Methods, Ethnography and Qualitative Methods
Contact info: 

Stanford University, Graduate School of Education Stanford,CA
Ph.D. in Education Policy, MA in Sociology 2017–2022 (expected)
– Dissertation Committee: Mitchell Stevens (chair), Janelle Scott (UC Berkeley), Douglas McAdam, francis a. pearman

Stanford University, Graduate School of Education Stanford,CA
Joint M.A. in Policy, Organization and Leadership Studies and Masters in Public Policy, GPA: 3.9/4.0 2015–2017
– MA Capstone Project: “RaiseMe: Transitioning from a College Access Resource to an Intervention in High Schools”
– MPP Capstone Project: “Alternative School Accountability in California: Findings from San Jose Unified”
Harvard College Cambridge, MA

B.A. in Government, High Honors in Field 2007–2011
– Thesis: The Mississippi Christmas Miracle: Factors of Success in the Passage of the Mississippi Education Reform Act of 1982