Monica Bhatt oversees a portfolio of applied research projects related to reducing crime and improving academic and life outcomes for urban youth. Prior to coming to Urban Labs, she worked as a researcher at the American Institutes for Research where she led projects related to building capacity within educational systems and evaluating policy and programs at the local, state, national, and international levels. Her academic interests include fostering the development of research-practice partnerships and using experimental and quasi-experimental designs to evaluate high school reform strategies, systemic approaches to reduce disparities in educational attainment and achievement, and students’ transitions to postsecondary opportunities.
She is a former Fulbright Scholar and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in Education Policy and an M.P.P. and B.A. in Public Policy from Vanderbilt University.
When not at work, she enjoys reading, traveling and exploring her adopted home city of Chicago.