Sade Bonilla

Sade Bonnilla

Sade ( is a doctoral candidate studying the economics of education at Stanford University. She is 2018 Spencer/NAEd Dissertation Fellow, an Institute of Education Sciences (IES) fellow and recipient of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) Equity and Inclusion Fellowship. Her research focuses on K-12 education policy with a particular emphasis on high school to college transitions and career and technical education. Prior to her doctoral studies she was a Harvard Strategic Data Project (SDP) fellow with Albuquerque Public Schools. Sade received a M.A. in Economics from Stanford University, an A.M. in Urban Education Policy and A.B in Public Policy and Education Studies from Brown University.

Selected Honors: 2018 Spencer/NAEd Dissertation Fellowship; Institute of Education Sciences Pre-doctoral Fellowship; APPAM Equity and Inclusion Fellowship

Recent publications: 

Bonilla, S., & Dee, T. (2017). The Effects of School Reform Under NCLB Waivers: Evidence from Focus Schools in Kentucky. Conditionally accepted at Education Finance and Policy.

Programs and projects:

Dissertation committee: 

Thomas S. Dee (primary), Susanna Loeb, Celeste K. Carruthers (University of Tennessee, Department of Economics)

Dissertation title: 
The Effects of College and Career Readiness Policies on Student Outcomes
Research interests: 
Education Policy, K-12 Education, Career and Technical Education, High School to College Transition, Causal Methods in Quantitative Research