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Kalena Cortes

Kalena Cortes

Assistant Professor

kcortes@tamu.edu
(979) 458-8030
Allen Rm. 1049
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Dr. Kalena Cortes comes to the Bush School from her position as an assistant professor in the School of Education at Syracuse University with courtesy appointments at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and the Department of Economics. She holds a PhD in economics from the University of California at Berkeley. She is a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), and has been a visiting scholar at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, the National Bureau of Economic Research, and Princeton University. For the 2013-14 school year, she was a visiting scholar at Stanford University’s Center for Education Policy Analysis.

Dr. Cortes is an accomplished teacher and contributes in significant ways to key Bush School course offerings in policy analysis, immigration policy, and the economics of education, among others. She has an extensive publication record in the areas of the economics of education and economic demography. Her research focuses on policies relating to curriculum reform, diversity in higher education, post-secondary returns to education, and educational achievement of immigrant children in the United States.

Her emerging research interests in the economics of education and immigration policy will contribute significantly to the School’s policy research program. In addition, Dr. Cortes has been involved in a variety of major service activities, both on campus and in her profession. She is currently serving on the Board of Directors on the Association for Education Finance and Policy (AEFP). She is also the recipient of several grants and fellowships; her research has been funded by Spencer Foundation, American Educational Research Association, Greater Texas Foundation, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, National Institutes of Health, and the US Department of Education - Institute of Education Sciences.


In the Media
  • The Washington Post (Jeff Guo), January 6, 2015, “For black students, SAT scores matter a lot – A new study suggests affirmative action policies in college admissions might be a good idea.”
  • Atlanta Journal Constitution, (Maureen Downey), January 31, 2013, “A Double Dose of Algebra Improves Math and Verbal Skills as Well as College Enrollment.”
  • TAMUtimes (Lesley Henton), December 14, 2012, “Extra Algebra Class Improves Both Math and Verbal Skills in High Schoolers.”
  • Education Week (Erik Robelen), November 1, 2012, “Study Finds Benefits to a ‘Double Dose’ of Algebra.”
  • Houston Chronicle (Rick Casey), August 17, 2010, “Sales Point: Nice House in Bad ISD.”
  • The Chronicle of Higher Education, (Peter Schmidt), August 9, 2010, The Ticker, “Texas Admissions-Policy Shift Hurt Lower-Ranked Minority Students.”
  • Inside Higher Ed (Scott Jaschik), January 12, 2009, “The 10% Fight Is Back.”

Kalena Cortes

Kalena Cortes

kcortes@tamu.edu
(979) 458-8030
Allen Rm. 1049
Website
Download Vitae