My life’s work is to bring rigorous, quantitative research to the education sector and academic research community. I am currently a second-year doctoral student in Information Systems at the Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland where I focus on education technology and diversity and inclusion in tech. Prior to starting at Smith, I worked as a Research Analyst at the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University where I used the latest econometric methods and data visualization to create insights in education. I brought these research findings to policy leaders through dozens of presentations to state and local education agencies. My passion is to help students and professionals conduct their own research. I’ve taught hundreds of practitioners to analyze data using statistical software at workshops at Harvard and around the country. Check out my CV.

On a more personal note, shortly before starting my PhD, I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, an autoimmune disorder. Meeting the amazing athletes in the online diabetic community inspired me to run my first half marathon, marathon, half Ironman, and full Ironman (2.4 mi swim, 112 mi bike, 26.2 mi run) in roughly one year (article). I am passionate about sharing my love of endurance sports and diabetes technology through my new blog triT1Dtech.

Lauren Dahlin

Research and Teaching

The primary focus of my research is in education technology, data visualization and econometric modelling. My past projects have spanned many areas within education including college enrollment and access, teacher retention, the common core, and teacher evaluation. Click the images below to learn more about my research projects.

Papers and Recent Presentations

Conference Papers

Dahlin, L. J. Clark, and L. Rhue (2019). "Crowdfunding Community Formation: Fundraiser Race and Gender Homophily." Short Paper Link. Presented at Conference on Information Systems and Technology 2018 and Winter Conference on Business Analytics 2019 (Presentation Link)


Hughes, R., L. Dahlin, and T. Tucci (2018). "An Investigation of a Multiple-Measures Teaching Evaluation System and Its Relationship With Students’ College-Going Outcomes." Educational Policy. Link


As part of the OpenSDP initiative, I designed an R tutorial on creating interactive data visualizations using Plotly and Shiny. Click the Github icon to go to the code repository.

Some preliminary work on how colleges use social media to talk about diversity. Also includes some tutorials on scraping Twitter. Click the Github icon to go to the Jupyter site on Github.


I graduated from Bard College at Simon's Rock in May 2012. Simon's Rock is the only college in the country exclusively for younger scholars, meaning that nearly all students attend Simon's Rock after their Sophomore or Junior year of high school. Looking to escape the academic and social malaise of my high school, I fled to the beautiful mountains of the Berkshires. At Simon's Rock I studied mathematical economics and political studies and spent my Junior year at Lincoln College, Oxford University in the Philosophy, Politics, and Economics program.



Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

In April 2017 I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, an autoimmune disorder. Three million Americans have type I diabetes. 15,000 adults and 15,000 children are diagnosed every year. In January 2018 I ran the Disney marathon and raised over $2000 for the Juveneile Diabetes Research Foundation and celebrated learning to live my life with this disease. I continue to fundraise for JDRF and other diabetes-related organizations.

Forrest Grace

I volunteered as a dance instructor and fundraiser for Forrest Grace, an incredible organization based in the Boston area. Forrest Grace provides low-cost dance instruction and free recital costumes to children in the program. To learn more about Forest Grace or to donate, visit their website.