Carolina Milesi

Carolina Milesi is a Senior Research Scientist in the Education and Child Development Department at NORC. Her areas of research expertise include socioeconomic disparities in education and health from early childhood to adulthood, access to and persistence in post-secondary education, and gender disparities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education.

She is currently the Project Director of a National Science Foundation-funded study of gender differences in college students’ persistence in computer science and computer engineering, based on a data collected via the Experience Sampling Method using smartphone technology to obtain students’ subjective states both in and out of the classroom several times a day over the course of a week. She serves as the Task Leader for Data Preparation and Analysis Support in the National Survey of Early Care and Education (NSECE), sponsored by the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation in the Administration for Children and Families. The NSECE is a set of four integrated nationally-representative surveys conducted in 2012 that together characterize the supply of and demand for early care and education in the U.S., including the individuals working directly with children. As a senior analyst in the Center for Advancing Research in Communications in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (ARC-STEM), she has led an evaluation of the impact of NSF’s Research and Evaluation on Education in Science and Engineering (REESE) program. She has also served as the Associate Director of the project Education and Transition to Adulthood: Post-Secondary Transcripts for NLSY97 Youth, which supplements interview data from NLSY97 by collecting transcripts for all postsecondary institutions respondents attended.

Milesi has recently co-authored issue briefs on unemployment rates among doctorate-level scientists and engineers, as well as descriptive analysis on race and ethnicity of U.S. trained doctorates in science, engineering and health. Both issue briefs were based on the 2008 Survey of Doctorate Recipients (SDR) conducted by NORC for the National Science Foundation (NSF). As part of a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Award in Health Policy Research, Milesi collaborated with Dr. Alberto Palloni on a project that documents the long-term impact of early health conditions on educational attainment. The study examines the mechanisms that lead to health gaps by probing the connections between child health and educational attainment across different periods, different cohorts, and two industrialized countries distinguished by their health and education systems.

Prior to joining NORC in 2010, Milesi was a postdoctoral scholar at the Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago and a researcher at Chapin Hall. Her work has been published in Educational Researchers, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, and Social Science and Medicine. She is a Research Affiliate of the Population Research Center at the University of Chicago.