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Research Assistant Professor of Public Policy

Cassandra R. Davis holds a Ph.D. in Education from UNC Chapel Hill. Within the last four years, Dr. Davis has held the role of principal investigator on five research evaluations totaling over $800,000.  The most recent of these projects funded from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and is entitled, “Investigating School District Resilience and the Impact of Hurricane Exposure on Student Outcomes.”  During 2018, Davis received funding to explore the impacts of Hurricanes Harvey and Matthew on public schools in Texas and North Carolina. Both of these projects represented large-scale qualitative studies that specifically targeted underrepresented students. Dr. Davis has also collaborated with school districts to assist them with understanding and applying best practice strategies on topics related to improving graduation rates of underrepresented groups, supporting students with learning differences, identifying opportunity and achievement gaps amongst students, assessing the quality of professional development training for school personnel, and investigating ways to engage parents. Dr. Davis’ areas of interest include education policy, the impact of natural disaster on schools and communities, program evaluation, qualitative research methods, and the social and historical context in education.

Policy Briefs on The Impact of Hurricanes on Schooling

Beneficial Supports for Students and Educators During Hurricane Recovery

Promising Practices When Schools are Hit by Hurricanes