Carolina Milesi

Carolina Milesi, Ph.D., is a Senior Research Scientist at NORC at the University of Chicago. Her experience includes the areas of socioeconomic disparities in education and health, access and persistence to post-secondary education, and higher education policy analysis. Since joining NORC in 2010, Dr. Milesi’s responsibilities have included analysis and reporting tasks on different national studies of postsecondary and graduate education, including the Survey of Doctorate Recipients (SDR) and the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997 (NLSY97). She is the associate project director of “Educational Transition to Adulthood: Post-Secondary Transcripts for NLSY97 Youth,” which supplements interview data from NLSY97 by collecting transcripts for all postsecondary institutions that respondents attended, as well as GED exam information, college entrance exams, and administrative data on college enrollment and degree attainment. Dr. Milesi serves as the principal investigator in an AERA research grant that is documenting how the process of college enrollment, persistence, and completion has changed across two cohorts of U.S. youth born about 20 years apart. Additionally, as part of a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Award in Health Policy Research, Dr. Milesi is collaborating with Dr. Alberto Palloni in a project to document the long-term impact of early health conditions on the attainment of those cognitive and non-cognitive skills that subsequently influence both educational attainment and, more generally, socioeconomic status. Her work has been published in Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, and Social Science and Medicine. Prior to joining NORC, Dr. 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.