Anandita Krishnamachari

Research Scientist


  • Ph.D., University of Virginia, 2021
  • M.Sc, University of Pennsylvania, 2014
  • BA, University of Madras (India), 2013

Anandita Krishnamachari is a Research Scientist who works on designing, implementing and evaluating interventions and policies that influence teacher beliefs, skills and student outcomes. Her current research examines ways to improve teacher preparation policies by leveraging rigorous experimental and quasi-experimental research designs. Anandita has experience with replication and crowdsourced research, and has also worked on quasi-experimental evaluations of No Child Left Behind (results published in Educational Researcher). Before earning her PhD in Research, Statistics and Evaluation at UVa in 2021, she worked as a Data and Policy Fellow at Achievement First, a charter management organization that operates a network of 30 schools in New York, Connecticut and Rhode Island. She handled their accountability requirements, minimizing distraction at the school level in the reporting process. She earned her B.A in Sociology from the University of Madras in 2013, India and her M.S in Social Policy from the School of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania in 2014.