Research Interests: Urban sociology; educational policy; economic inequality; social mobility; neighborhood effects
Jared Schachner is a doctoral student in Sociology & Social Policy. Jared’s research explores how educational policies propel or impede economic opportunity within low-income urban communities. By gauging the impact of educational interventions not only on student test scores and graduation rates but also on neighborhood quality metrics (e.g., mobility patterns, social capital levels), Jared hopes to reveal the value of an integrated approach to urban renewal that blends physical capital development with human capital investment.
Originally from Los Angeles, Jared graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania as a Benjamin Franklin Scholar with a double major in Philosophy, Politics & Economics and Urban Studies. After Penn, Jared joined a management consulting firm, the Monitor Group, where he advised nonprofit and for-profit clients in crafting strategic plans to amplify their social impact. As part of a multi-year engagement with the United Negro College Fund, Jared helped oversee a national study gauging low-income black parents’ perceptions of, and involvement in, their children’s education. He recently received an Education Pioneers Graduate School Fellowship to support the New York City Department of Education in implementing the Common Core standards aimed at increasing students’ college and career readiness.
BA, Philosophy, Politics & Economics and Urban Studies, University of Pennsylvania (2008)