Sam AyersResearch Fellow, UC Berkeley
Sam Ayers is a Graduate Research Fellow at CPL and a Ph.D. student in Public Policy at UC Berkeley. At CPL, he supports work on social safety-net program usage and college student success.
Sam gets excited by using data to improve the conception, evaluation, and delivery of public investments in early childhood. His research interests include exploring the determinants of kindergarten readiness among low-income children, intergenerational economic mobility, and incentives for innovation in scientific publishing.
Prior to coming to UC Berkeley, Sam was a Research Analyst at the Center for Education Policy Research where he worked on randomized evaluations of post-secondary readiness interventions for rural high school students. Sam also worked on a large-scale randomized evaluation of a maternal and child health program as a Senior Research Associate at J-PAL. Sam holds a B.A. in economics and mathematics from Colorado College.
When he’s not focusing on the role of data in public policy, Sam is usually riding his bike, snowboarding, or trying to perfect his challah braiding technique.