Sade Bonilla

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Sade Bonilla

Assistant Professor
Higher Education


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Ph.D., Economics of Education, Stanford University
M.A., Economics, Stanford University
M.A., Urban Education Policy and B.A., Public Policy and Education Studies, Brown University


Sade is an Assistant Professor in the College of Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She was a 2018 Spencer/NAEd Dissertation Fellow, an Institute of Education Sciences (IES) fellow and recipient of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) Equity and Inclusion Fellowship. Her research focuses on K-12 education policy with a particular emphasis on high school to college transitions and career and technical education. As a doctoral student she was affiliated with the Center for Education Policy Analysis at Stanford. Prior to her doctoral studies she was a Harvard Strategic Data Project (SDP) fellow with Albuquerque Public Schools. 

Selected Honors

  • 2018 Spencer/NAEd Dissertation Fellowship
  • Institute of Education Sciences Pre-doctoral Fellowship
  • APPAM Equity and Inclusion Fellowship



Bonilla, S., & Dee, T. (forthcoming). The Effects of School Reform Under NCLB Waivers Evidence From Focus Schools in Kentucky. Education Finance and Policy.

Bonilla, S. (2019) Connecting High School, College and the Labor Market: Evidence on the Scale-up of Career Pathways in California. CEPA Working Paper No. 19-03

  • Department of Educational Policy, Research & Administration