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.
Dr. Milesi currently serves as Questionnaire Content and Dissemination Task Leader for the 2019 National Survey of Early Care and Education (NSECE), a follow up to the 2012 NSECE, which was the first national study of supply of and demand for child-care since 1990, sponsored by the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation in the Administration for Children and Families. She also serves as Analysis Task Leader on the Enhancing Analytic Capacity of NSECE project, for which she analyzes 2012 NSECE data and provides support to researchers using the NSECE. For the 2012 NSECE, she served as Task Leader for Data Preparation and Analysis Support, for which she oversaw quality control of variable construction, analysis tasks, and dissemination products.
She recently served as 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 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. As a senior analyst in the Center for Advancing Research in Communications in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (ARC-STEM), she 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.
Dr. Milesi has received research grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, and the American Educational Research Association. Her work has been published in Teachers College Record, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, Social Science and Medicine, and LGBT Health, among others.