||Professor Helen “Sunny” Ladd
Edgar Thompson Professor of Public Policy Studies and professor of economics, Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy, USA
Most of Helen’s current research focuses on education policy. She is particularly interested in various aspects of school accountability, education finance, teacher labour markets, and school choice. She has written numerous articles and books on charter schools and other forms of choice in North Carolina, self-governing schools and parental choice in both New Zealand and the Netherlands, market-based reforms in urban school districts, voucher programmes, and school reform in post-Apartheid South Africa. In addition, with colleagues at Duke University she has written extensively about school segregation, teacher labour markets, and teacher quality.
She has also taught at Dartmouth College, Wellesley College, and at Harvard University, first in the City and Regional Planning Program and then in the Kennedy School of Government. She is currently President-Elect of the Association for Public Policy and Management and co-chair of the national campaign for a Broader, Bolder Approach to Education (Bold.approach.org). With the support of two Fulbright grants, she went to New Zealand and South Africa to study the education system in both countries, followed by six months at the University of Amsterdam, examining that country’s long experience with parental choice, autonomy for individual schools, and weighted student funding.