Jessica Boyle Drescher

Jessica Boyle Drescher (jesscboyle@stanford.edu]) is a doctoral candidate in education policy at the Stanford Graduate School of Education. She is a recipient of the IES Fellowship and the Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education (EDGE) Fellowship at Stanford University, and is a Health Policy Research Scholar at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Jessica received her M.Ed. in education policy and management at Harvard University and her B.A. in sociology at Colby College. Prior to Stanford, she spent several years working with Paul Reville at Harvard’s Education Redesign Lab, where she focused on the role of city government in addressing the iron-law correlation between socioeconomic status and education outcomes.

Shaped by her experiences as an unaccompanied homeless youth and first-generation college student, Jessica researches education as a lever of social mobility and explores the potential of big data to inform social policy. Her current projects are focused on examining the relationship between ecological health factors and academic achievement, with a particular focus on the opioid crisis.

*** As a FLI (first-generation/low-income) student, I welcome opportunities to discuss applying to Stanford's PhD program in Education with prospective FLI students. Please feel free to reach out via email with "Prospective Student" as the subject line. ***

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