Nan Zhou
Nan  Zhou

Nan Zhou

Cohort: 2013

Rossier Dean's Fellowship

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K-12 Education Policy

Research Interest

  • School Accountability
  • Quantitative Methodology
  • Economics of Education
Nan Zhou

Nan Zhou is a second year Ph.D. student in urban education policy at the Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California. She graduated from Sichuan University (China) with a double major in Finance and Law. She then earned her master's degree in Social Policy from the University of Pennsylvania. During her study there, Nan worked with Dr. Dixon-Román on quantitative research projects regarding the education attainment among various demographic groups. Nan then began work involving educational research and analysis as a research manager at a non-profit organization in Washington D.C. Her experiences in educational policy research and quantitative analysis influenced her decision to pursue a Ph.D. degree in urban education policy. 

Nan is currently working with Dr. Morgan Polikoff on a NSF-funded project examining the impact of different textbooks on students' achievement. Her research interest lies in the areas of school accountability, economics of education and the application of quantitative methods in the analysis of education policy.


Professional Experience:

Research Assistant, Center on Educational Governance, Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California, 2013 - present

Research Manager, Educational Research and Analysis, American Dental Education Association, 2012 - 2013

Research Assistant, Center for Educational Policy and Research, American Dental Education Association, 2011 - 2012 

Research Assistant, Queering Demography Research Project,School of Social Policy and Practice, University of Pennsylvania, 2010 - 2011

Selected Publications

  • Polikoff, M. S., Zhou, N., & Campbell, S. E. (2015). Methodological choices in the content analysis of textbooks for measuring alignment with standards.Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice.

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