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Dr. Lauren Russell is an Associate Professor of Practice at the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her Ph.D. in Economics from MIT in 2017 and was previously a postdoctoral fellow at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences at Dartmouth College where she managed the Class of 1964 Policy Research Shop from 2017 to 2019. Her research uses quasi-experimental methods to study issues of higher education finance, college pricing, and policies to address inequalities in education. Her research has been published in peer-reviewed journal articles, covered by national and state media, and referenced in Congressional testimony.

At Fels, Russell teaches public economics and program evaluation and data analysis. She also manages Fels Lab which connects Fels students with capstone projects that serve the real-world needs of nonprofit organizations and government entities.