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Carolyn J. Heinrich
Affiliated Scholar
Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population
Nearly every one of the Urban Institute’s research initiatives overlaps in some small or larger part with my own research interests, and I have regularly looked to the Urban Institute and its stellar research team as a source of leading knowledge and evidence as I conduct my own policy research.

Carolyn J. Heinrich, an affiliated scholar with the Urban Institute, is the Patricia and Rodes Hart professor of public policy and education in the Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations at the Peabody College and a professor of economics in the College of Arts and Sciences at Vanderbilt University. Her research focuses on education and training, workforce development, social welfare policy, program evaluation, and public management and performance management. Heinrich works with federal, state, and local governments to improve policy design and program effectiveness and collaborates with nongovernmental organizations to improve the impacts of economic and social investments in middle-income and developing countries. She received the David N. Kershaw Award for distinguished contributions to the field of public policy analysis and management in 2004 and was elected to the National Academy of Public Administration in 2011. Before her appointment at Vanderbilt University, Heinrich was the Sid Richardson professor of public affairs, affiliated professor of economics, and director of the Center for Health and Social Policy at the University of Texas at Austin, and she continues at UT Austin as a research professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. She also previously held an academic appointment at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where she was director of the La Follette School of Public Affairs. She has been president of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management and the Public Management Research Association. She holds a PhD from the University of Chicago.

Research Areas
Social safety net
Job markets and labor force