Rebecca Merrill

Areas of Expertise

  • Teacher labor market (recruitment, hiring, retention, working conditions)
  • Mixed methods
  • Statistical methods for causal inference
  • Early learning

Rebecca Merrill

(she, her, hers)


Rebecca’s overarching goal is to design evidence-gathering studies and mechanisms to identify and address inequity. She believes that through research, inequities can be identified and resources and innovations provided. Rebecca uses both quantitative and qualitative data, including statistical models, interviews, and focus groups to uncover themes and distill insights. She infuses her values of equity and justice into her work as well as participants’ voices.

Prior to working at Education Northwest, Rebecca worked as a research assistant at the Education Policy Institute at Carolina, where she worked with large state data sets, developed theories of action, and supported a number of projects. She also taught an undergraduate class on the politics of U.S. education and interviewed educators about early childhood practices and policy at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute.


  • Ph.D., Education, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • B.A., Religious Studies, North Carolina State University
  • B.A., Criminology, North Carolina State University

I'm inspired by...


The strangest thing in my refrigerator is...

Pickled asparagus, not my idea.

When not at work, you can find me...

Reading fiction or sitting outside, eyes closed, blissfully aware of sunshine.