Samantha Anderson is a senior research assistant in the youth development practice area. At Child Trends, Samantha works on projects that analyze educational and socioeconomic outcomes of various programs impacting youth in the United States. She also supports survey creation and gathers, analyzes, and presents data. Samantha is pursuing a Master’s degree in applied economics to bolster her quantitative skills.
Samantha majored in international political economy at Georgetown University, where she gained skills in economic policy and quantitative data analysis. As an undergraduate, Samantha produced two academic papers related to educational outcomes and development using software to analyze various international data. One piece focused on the economic and labor opportunities afforded to Tanzanian women upon attainment of a secondary education, while the second analyzed the overall effects of increased foreign aid on student-teacher ratios in Kenya and Tanzania. This experience was key in Samantha’s decision to pursue a career in socioeconomic and educational development research.