Amy Claessens, an assistant professor at Chicago Harris, studies education, child development, and public policy. Her work investigates how policies and programs influence child development and how early achievement and socioemotional skills relate to subsequent life outcomes. Claessens's work uses administrative or large-scale longitudinal data and utilizes both quantitative and qualitative techniques.
Claessens has investigated a wide-range of issues surrounding child development and public policy including how achievement and socioemotional skills at school entry relate to later school achievement. Much of Claessens's research examines how out-of-home contexts such as child care, preschool, and school influence child well being. Her research has been featured in national and international media. She has received funding from the Administration for Children and Families, W.T. Grant Foundation, and the Heising-Simons Foundation.
Claessens holds a PhD in human development and social policy from Northwestern University's School of Education and Social Policy. Prior to joining the faculty at the Harris School, Claessens was a postdoctoral scholar at the Center for Human Potential and Public Policy at the University of Chicago.