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Alicia S. Menendez

Research Associate (Associate Professor)

Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago

Alicia S. Menendez is a development economist whose research interests include education and health, labor markets, and household behavior. She is currently leading the evaluation of multiple USAID education programs around the world aimed at improving quality in early grade education, increasing equitable access to education in crisis and conflict-affected environments, and promoting girls’ education.

Menendez teaches economic development at Harris Public Policy and leads the International Policy Practicum, which provides real-world international policy experience to students. She is also a principal research scientist at NORC, where she is supporting a USAID initiative to study the efficacy of accelerated learning programs for children held back by conflict.

Menendez received her PhD in economics from Boston University. Before coming to the University of Chicago, she was a lecturer in public and international affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School and a researcher at the Research Program in Development Studies at Princeton University.

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Baidoa, Somalia

Makeshift, temporary shelter made of plastic and clothing at a refugee center in Baidoa, Somalia.