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Teresa Eckrich Sommer

IPR Research Associate Professor

IPR Research Associate Professor

PhD, Public Policy, Harvard University, 1994


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Teresa Eckrich Sommer is a Research Associate Professor at the Institute for Policy Research, Northwestern University. Her work focuses on the intersection of policy and practice for economically disadvantaged families and their children. She specializes in how social and educational institutions influence the life course of families, especially through investments in human and social capital (including basic life skills, education, and social networks). Her current research focuses on two-generation educational investments for parents and children, programs that simultaneously offer training, education, and career supports to low-income parents with high quality early education for their young children. Sommer previously worked as a Senior Research Associate at the Chapin Hall Center for Children, University of Chicago and a Research Associate at the Wiener Center for Social Policy, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. She holds a BA in Human Biology, Stanford University and MA and PhD in Public Policy, Harvard University.   

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