Job Candidate Laura Bellows

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Laura Bellows is an Institute of Education Sciences (IES) Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Virginia. Her research explores the ways in which instability shapes children's lives and how policy can ease but also create or exacerbate unstable conditions. The foundation of much her research is the idea that policies creating unstable circumstances for adults ultimately also increase instability for children.

In her current work, she examines 1) the relationship between the social safety net, income instability, and child outcomes; 2) the effects of increased immigration enforcement on children’s educational outcomes; and 3) turnover among early childhood educators. She has a particular expertise working with large-scale administrative data, conducting both descriptive and quasi-experimental studies. Currently, with Daphna Bassok and Anna Markowitz, she is measuring the relationship between experience and quality of classroom interactions for preschool and toddler teachers using novel administrative data from Louisiana.

Faculty Advisor: Anna Gassman-Pines

Postdoctoral Mentor: Daphna Bassok

Dissertation Committee: Elizabeth Ananat, Seth Sanders, Angel Harris, Sarah Komisarow

  • Bellows, Laura (2021). “The Effect of Immigration Enforcement on School Engagement: Evidence from 287(g) Programs in North Carolina.” AERA Open 7 (1), 1-20. doi: 10.1177/23328584211039467

  • Tome, Romina, Marcos A. Rangel, Christina Gibson-Davis, and Laura Bellows (2021). “Heightened Immigration Enforcement Impacts U.S. Citizens’ Birth Outcomes: Evidence from Early ICE Interventions in North Carolina.” PLOS ONE 16 (2). doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0245020

  • Bassok, Daphna, Anna J. Markowitz, Laura Bellows, and Katharine Sadowski (2021). “New Evidence on Teacher Turnover in Early Childhood.” Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis. doi: 10.3102/0162373720985340

  • Bellows, Laura (2019). "Immigration Enforcement and Student Achievement in the Wake of Secure Communities." AERA Open 5 (4), 1-20. doi: 10.1177/2332858419884891
  • Gassman-Pines, Anna and Laura Bellows (2018). "Food Instability and Academic Achievement:A Quasi-Experiment Using SNAP Benefit Timing." American Educational ResearchJournal 55 (5), 897-927. doi: 10.3102/0002831218761337
  • von Hippel, Paul and Laura Bellows (2018). “How Much Does Teacher Quality VaryAcross Teacher Preparation Programs? Reanalyzing Estimates from 6 States.” Economics of Education Review 64, 298-312. doi: 10.1016/j.econedurev.2018.01.005
  • Saulters, Oral S., Brijesh Krishnan, Mary Beth Harris, Hani Bashour, Laura Bellows, Evan J. Ringquist, and Diane Henshel (2017). "Waste-to-Hope: Measuring Sustainability Benefits of Product Philanthropy Partnership." Journal of Environmental Protection 8(10), 1219-1242. doi: 10.4236/jep.2017.810076
  • von Hippel, Paul, Laura Bellows, Cynthia Osborne, Jane Lincove, and Nicholas Mills(2016). "Teacher Quality Differences Between Teacher Preparation Programs: How Big? How Reliable? Which Programs Are Different?" Economics of Education Review 53,31-45. doi:10.1016/j.econedurev.2016.05.002
  • Lincove, Jane, Cynthia Osborne, Nicholas Mills, and Laura Bellows (2015). “TeacherPreparation for Profit or Prestige: Analysis of a Diverse Market for Teacher Preparation.”Journal of Teacher Education 66(5), 415-434. doi:10.1177/0022487115602311
Working Papers
  • Bellows, Laura, Daphna Bassok, and Anna J. Markowitz. (2021). “Teacher Turnover in Early Childhood Education: Longitudinal Evidence from the Universe of Publicly-Funded Programs in Louisiana.” (EdWorkingPaper: 21-453). Retrieved from Annenberg Institute at Brown University:

  • Bellows, Laura and Lucy Sorensen. “Thrown Off the Bus: Bus Suspensions and Equitable Access to Schooling.”

  • Doromal, Justin, Daphna Bassok, Laura Bellows, and Anna J. Markowitz. “Hard-to-Staff Centers: Exploring Center-Level Variation in the Persistence of Child Care Teacher Turnover.”

  • Gassman-Pines, Anna, Laura Bellows, William E. Copeland, Rick H. Hoyle, and Candice L. Odgers. “Daily Variation in Adolescent Food Insecurity.”

  • Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy. "Immigration Enforcement and Student Achievement." $7,500 (Principal Investigator).
  • Russell Sage Foundation, Educational Opportunity Monitoring Project. "ImmigrationEnforcement Policy and Hispanic-White Achievement Gaps" (Award #83-17-01). 11/1/2016 - 10/31/2017, $6,200 (Principal Investigator).
Recent Awards/Honors
  • Honorable Mention, Jean Flanigan Outstanding Dissertation Award, Association for Education Finance and Policy, 2020
  • Teaching assistant for introductory quantitative sequence (statistics and program evaluation) for Duke MPP students, 2017-2018
  • Fourth grade teacher within Houston Independent School District (HISD), 2006-2008

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