Public Policy, Education, Poverty, Social Policy, Prekindergarten, Parenting



Assistant Professor Elise Chor joins the Political Science department after receiving a Master of Public Policy degree and a Ph.D. in Public Policy Studies from the University of Chicago (MPP 2009, Ph.D. 2014) and completing a postdoctoral fellowship at Northwestern University’s Institute for Policy Research. Dr. Chor’s research draws on economic and developmental perspectives to consider the interactions among families, government, and the early childhood education market. Her work measures the impacts of universal and targeted public preschool programs on childcare quality, parents’ childcare and employment decision-making, family processes, and ultimately child development, with a focus on low-income families. Current research projects include investigations of prekindergarten finance policy, two-generation education interventions, public assistance programs, and childhood and multigenerational poverty. Dr. Chor will teach courses in U.S. social policy, in particular education policy, in addition to methods courses in statistics and research design.


Selected Publications

  • Chor, E. (2017). “Multigenerational Head Start Participation: An Unexpected Marker of Progress.” Child Development.
  • Chor, E., Andresen, M.E., & Kalil, A. (2016). “The Impact of Universal Preschool on Family Behavior and Child Outcomes.” Economics of Education Review, 55: 168-181.
  • Kalil, A., Ryan, R., & Chor, E. (2014). “Time Investments in Children across Family Structures.” Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 654(1): 150-168.

Courses Taught

  • Pre-K through Grade 12 US Education Policy: Issues, Programs and Evaluation
  • PLCY / POLS 8001: Political Statistics