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 received her MA in economics at Stanford and her BA in economics from Wesleyan University. Lily's research focuses on low-income students' access to institutions of higher education, and in particular on the information students have about the college application process. She is particularly interested in studying student experiences using computational text analysis, which combines the richness of qualitative methods with the scale of quantitative methods. Lily has served as a teaching assistant for two courses on applied quasi-experimental methods in education, and a course on regression. She is currently interning for the College Board, and has previously worked as an education analyst at Abt Associates and an analyst at an economic consulting firm.

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: Access to higher education, text-as-data, gender bias, education policy, economics of education

Education: Ph.D. in Economics of Education, Stanford University (expected 2020) M.A. in Economics, Stanford University (2018) BA in Economics, Wesleyan University (2011)

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

Programs and projects: