Christy Baker-Smith is an IES-PIRT fellow at the Research Alliance for New York City Schools and a Doctoral Candidate in the Sociology of Education program at NYU. Her work focuses on how schools function as social structures, with specific interest in discipline and school choice policies. She is also assisting with analyses examining how school closures affect students in NYC. Christy’s background is in mixed-methods research, with specialized training in statistics and applied data analytics from the PRIISM Center at NYU Steinhardt.

Prior to joining the Research Alliance, Christy was the Program Manager for the Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences M.A. program at Columbia University. She also served in the District Office of a New York City Council member in the early years of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration. These experiences solidified Christy’s commitment to high quality, careful research that produces findings accessible to policymakers as well as researchers.

Christy holds an Ed.M. in Leadership, Policy and Politics from Teachers College, Columbia University, an M.A. in Social Sciences of Education from Stanford University, and a B.A. in Sociology from Whitman College.