Rebecca Hinze-Pifer is a PhD student at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy.

Her research focuses on institutional structures that affect human capital development in adolescents and young adults, with particular interest in interventions within the school and justice systems. Prior to beginning her graduate studies, Hinze-Pifer worked for many years as a teacher.

She holds a BS in astrophysics and computer science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and an MPP from George Washington University.