Lily Fesler

Lily Fesler is a doctoral candidate in economics of education at the Stanford Graduate School of Education, and is a recipient of the Institute of Education Sciences Predoctoral Training Fellowship and the Stanford Graduate Fellowship in Science and Engineering. She is simultaneously pursuing a MA in economics at Stanford, and received her BA in economics from Wesleyan University in 2011. Lily's research focuses on student-to-student and student-to-teacher interactions in online classrooms (including MOOCs and for-profit colleges). She is particularly interested in using text analysis to study the types of interactions that are the most beneficial for students, and to analyze when bias might arise in these interactions. Lily has served as a teaching assistant for a course on applied quasi-experimental methods in education, and a course on regression. Before coming to Stanford, Lily worked as an education analyst at Abt Associates and at an economic consulting firm in Boston.

Recent Publications

Julie A. Edmunds, Fatih Unlu, Elizabeth Glennie, Lawrence Bernstein, Lily Fesler, Jane Furey & Nina Arshavsky (2017) Smoothing the Transition to Postsecondary Education: The Impact of the Early College Model, Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness, 10:2, 297-325, DOI: 10.1080/19345747.2016.1191574

Faculty advisor: Thomas Dee

Research interests: Classroom interactions, text analysis, bias in classrooms, causal inference, education policy, economics of education

Contact Info:
Center for Education Policy Analysis Stanford University
520 Galvez Mall, Office 507
Stanford, CA 94305

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