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Clara G. Muschkin, Assistant Research Professor of Public Policy Studies and Director, N.C. Education Research Data Center  

Office Location: 220 Rubenstein Hall
Office Phone: (919) 613-9302
Duke Box: 92000
Email Address: muschkin@duke.edu

Areas of Expertise

  • Education
    • Achievement
    • Others

      Demographic composition of schools
      Student behavior

Education:
Ph.D., Duke University, 1989
B.A., College of William and Mary, 1978

Research Description: Clara Muschkin is a sociologist and demographer with an interdisciplinary research focus. In her research, she asks how education policies that influence the composition and organization of educational institutions can influence student behavior and academic performance. Her current research interests include: the impact of early childhood education policies on subsequent student outcomes; the impact of grade configuration on student behavior; the influence of grade retention and age on behavior and academic performance; impact of school composition by race and immigrant status on student behavior and achievement across grade levels; evaluation of high school reform policies; and successful outcomes for community college students. Muschkin is Director of the North Carolina Education Research Data Center, and Director of the Child Policy Research Certificate program. She also serves as Associate Director for Undergraduate Education in the Center for Child and Family Policy.

Teaching (Spring 2015):

  • Childpol 250s.01, Child policy research Synopsis
    Sanford 224, TuTh 11:45 AM-01:00 PM

Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. C.G. Muschkin, A.N. Beck, and E.J. Glennie. "Peer Contexts: Do Old for Grade and Retained Peers Influence Student Behavior in Middle School?." Teachers College Record 116.5 (May, 2014).  [abs]
  2. H.F. Ladd, C.G. Muschkin. Research confirms effectiveness of early childhood education investments.  Durham Herald-Sun (November 8, 2013).
  3. C.G. Muschkin, with C.T. Clotfelter, H.L. Ladd, and J.L. Vigdor. "Success in Community College: Do Institutions Differ." Research in Higher Education 54 (2013): 805–824. [pdf], [doi]  [abs]
  4. H.F. Ladd, C.G. Muschkin, K.A. Dodge. "From Birth to School: Early Childhood Programs and Third Grade Outcomes in North Carolina." Journal of Policy Analysis and Management 33.1 (2013). [doi]  [abs]
  5. C.G. Muschkin, H.F. Ladd, K.A. Dodge. "Impact of North Carolina’s Early Childhood Initiatives on Special Education Placements in Third Grade." Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis  (Submitted, 2013).  [abs]

Bio/Profile
Clara Muschkin is an assistant research professor of public policy, Associate Director of the Center for Child and Family Policy, and Director of the North Carolina Education Research Data Center(NCERDC), located within the Center for Child and Family Policy. The mission of the NCERDC is to support and develop policy-oriented research on education, providing academic researchers with access to a wealth of data on North Carolina public schools, students, and teachers. Muschkin is a sociologist and demographer with an interdisciplinary research focus. In her research, she asks how education policies that influence the composition and organization of educational institutions can influence student behavior and academic performance. Her current research interests include: the impact of early childhood education policies on subsequent student outcomes; the impact of grade configuration on student behavior; the influence of grade retention and age on behavior and academic performance; impact of school composition by race and immigrant status on student behavior and achievement across grade levels; evaluation of high school reform policies; and successful outcomes for community college students. Muschkin serves as Director for the Child Policy Research certificate program and regularly teaches the cornerstone course. She also serves as oversees undergraduate programs in the Center for Child and Family Policy.

Clara G. Muschkin