Director of Research and Evaluation, John W. Gardner Center, Stanford University
Rebecca London holds a Ph.D. in Human Development and Social Policy and an M.A. in Economics, both from Northwestern University.
Rebecca joined the CJTC in the 2000-2001 academic year and was an Associate Research Professor in Economics at UCSC. Her research at CJTC concentrated on issues facing low-income families and youth. With funds from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, the Smith Richardson Foundation, the Association of Public Policy and Management, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and UC ACCORD, she pursued a research agenda on the consequences of welfare receipt and reform for single-mother families. Much of her work examined family formation outcomes, including living arrangements, births, and marriage. She has also studied the consequences of diversion assistance, a new program available after the 1996 welfare reforms. She completed a project examining the consequences of welfare recipients' college attendance and graduation on their future self-reliance and time on aid.
Another strand of her research concentrated on disadvantaged youth. With funding from the William T. Grant Foundation and the Community Technology Foundation of California, she studyed youth and the digital divide. She lead a team of researchers to study the ways that community technology centers assist youth to achieve their educational and career goals.
Dr. London's research has been published in numerous journals, including Demography, the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Social Service Review, Population Research and Policy Review, the Journal of Family Issues, the Journal of Higher Education, and others.
Prior to joining CJTC, Dr. London was Principal Analyst at Berkeley Policy Associates, during which time her research focused on evaluating family-related public assistance programs. She led teams of researchers in evaluating TANF programs in three states (Arkansas, Colorado and North Dakota) as well as in several California localities.
Welfare Reform and Family Project