Lucy Sorensen, PhD

Assistant Professor
Specialization: Education and Social Policy

Department of Public Administration & Policy

300G Milne Hall | 518-442-5235

Curriculum Vitae | Office Hours

About Professor Sorensen

Lucy Sorensen is an Assistant Professor of Public Administration and Policy at the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, University at Albany, SUNY, and a Visiting Fellow at the Rockefeller Institute of Government. She received her PhD from Duke University in the Sanford School of Public Policy. Prior to that, she received a Master’s degree in Economics from Duke University and a Bachelor’s degree in East Asian Studies and Economics from Yale University.

Dr. Sorensen conducts research exploring interactions between education policy and human development, with a focus on how policy interventions can reduce educational and economic inequality. She uses large longitudinal datasets to evaluate K-12 school policies and examine the determinants of individuals’ academic, social-emotional, and health developmental trajectories. Her recent studies take advantage of a variety of quantitative methods, including instrumental variables, high-dimensional fixed effects, machine learning algorithms, and policy simulations. Her research has been published in top peer-reviewed education journals, presented at several national policy research conferences, and covered by news outlets such as NPR and Education Week.

At Rockefeller College Dr. Sorensen currently teaches RPAD 503 Principles of Public Economics, RPAD 703, and RPAD 725 Advanced Applied Quantitative Methods.

Selected Publications

  • Ladd, Helen F. and Lucy C. Sorensen. (Forthcoming). “Returns to Teacher Experience: Student Achievement and Motivation in Middle School.” Education Finance and Policy.

  • Sorensen, Lucy C., Kenneth A. Dodge, and the Conduct Problems Prevention Research Group. 2016. “How Does the Fast Track Intervention Prevent Adverse Outcomes in Young Adulthood?” Child Development 87 (2): 429-445.

  • Sorensen, Lucy C. 2016. “Outside the Classroom: Evidence on Non-Instructional Spending and Student Outcomes.” AEFP Conference Paper.

  • Ladd, Helen F. and Lucy C. Sorensen. 2015. “Do Master’s Degrees Matter? Advanced Degrees, Career Paths, and the Effectiveness of Teachers.” CALDER Working Paper 136.

  • Hamoudi, Amar, Desiree W. Murray, Lucy C. Sorensen, and Anika Fontaine. 2015. “Self-Regulation and Toxic Stress: A Systematic Review of Ecological and Developmental Studies.” OPRE Report #2015-30, Washington, DC: Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.