Human Development and Quantitative Methods Division
Early Childhood Learning; Poverty and Child Development; Child Development and Social Policy around the Globe; Teacher Professional Development; Program Evaluation
Sharon Wolf is an expert in child development and how early family and school environments affect learning outcomes. She studies the links between poverty, social policies, education, and child development through experimental and quasi-experimental methods. This work includes assessing the role high-quality education plays in bolstering development for children who face adversity. Wolf is currently partnering with Innovations for Poverty Action and the Ministry of Education in Ghana to improve that quality of the country’s universal kindergarten education system.
Ebony Elizabeth Thomas discussed the casting of a black woman as Ariel in the upcoming “Little Mermaid” remake. “Whether it’s seeing people of color traveling faster than the speed of light, or as superheroes, dragons, or even mermaids, when we see ourselves in these roles, even as kids we believe we can do anything,” she said. “These images shape our minds on a subconscious level.”