Fernanda Ramirez-Espinoza

My research

I am a fifth year Ph.D. student at Harvard Graduate of Arts and Sciences, on the Educational Policy and Program Evaluation concentration. I am currently on the job market and expect to graduate in May 2022. My CV is available here and my job market paper is here.

My research is focused on Latin-American educational policies and interventions, studying gender bias and its effects on educational outcomes. In particular, I am interested in understanding why women are underrepresented in STEM areas, how peers' gender affects women and men differently, and what interventions can be implemented to close the gender gap at all levels of education.

I am also a graduate student affiliate at the Harvard Institute for Quantitative Social Science and a research affiliate at ConsiliumBots.

Prior to beginning my doctoral studies at Harvard, I pursued a Master of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. I was awarded the Young Leaders award in 2008, given by the Chilean magazine “El Sábado”. I was a founder of Educación 2020, a Chilean educational advocacy NGO. I worked at the Ministry of Education in 2012, and then transferred to work in public policy analysis and fundraising for Educación 2020. In 2014 I worked at America Solidaria Haiti as its Executive Director, based in Port au Prince, and then studied an MPP at the Harvard Kennedy School.