Shaun M. Dougherty, EdD

Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership (Affiliate)

Research Overview

Shaun M. Dougherty is an Assistant Professor of Education Policy and Leadership at the Neag School of Education and an affiliated faculty member in the Department of Public Policy at the University of Connecticut. He holds a doctoral degree in quantitative policy analysis from Harvard University as well as a master’s degree in educational administration from Gwynedd Mercy University. His work focuses on applied quantitative analysis of education policies and programs, including those related to college and career pathways, as well as preK and kindergarten. His work emphasizes understanding policy and program impacts on equity related to race, class, gender, and disability. His recent work estimates the impacts of how means-tested prekindergarten programs impact student’s intellectual and social-emotional development, and whether full-day kindergarten participation impacts identification for special education services. He has extensive experience working with state- and district-level databases, including Massachusetts and Arkansas, as well as three of the 25 largest districts in the United States. In addition, he has conducted policy research for Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Schools, and the Thomas B. Fordham Institute.


Harvard University Graduate School of Education
Ed.D., Quantitative Policy Analysis of Education, May 2013
Dissertation Committee: John Willett, Richard Murnane, and David Deming
Ed.M., 2010

Gwynedd-Mercy University, 2005
M.S., Educational Administration

University of Massachusetts – Amherst, 1999
B.S., Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Mathematics/ Economics

Recent Publications

Contact Information
Mailing AddressDepartment of Educational Leadership
Neag School of Education
249 Glenbrook Road, Unit 3093
Storrs, CT 06269-3093