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Bridget Terry Long

professor, education, economics, HGSE

Long's work applies the theory and methods of economics to examine various aspects of the market for higher education in the United States. Her research focuses on access and choice in higher education, the outcomes of college students, and the behavior of postsecondary institutions. Several of her research papers examine the enrollment and distributional effects of state and federal financial aid programs. In addition, Long has studied the effectiveness of postsecondary remediation and the impact of class size and faculty characteristics on student outcomes. Long received her doctorate and master's in economics from Harvard University and her bachelor's degree from Princeton University. She is a faculty research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and received the American Educational Research Association Dissertation Award. She was awarded the National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship for 2002-2004, in July 2005, the Chronicle of Higher Education featured her as one of the "New Voices" in higher education, and in 2008, the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) awarded her the Robert P. Huff Golden Quill Award for excellence in research and published works on student financial assistance. She has received numerous research grants from the National Science Foundation, Spencer Foundation, Lumina Foundation for Education, the Ford Foundation, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.