Maria Elena Ortega Hesles

Maria Elena Ortega Hesles

Maria Elena Ortega Hesles

Graduate Student, Graduate School of Education

Maria Elena Ortega Hesles is a doctoral student in Quantitative Policy Analysis at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Before coming to Harvard she worked as a research analyst at the central bank of Mexico (Banco de Mexico). She holds an Ed.M. in International Education Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a B.A. in Economics from ITAM (Mexico). Her undergraduate thesis on education and income inequality in Mexico (coauthored with Arturo Aguilar) was awarded two national prizes in that country.

Maria Elena’s current research interests include the design and evaluation of education interventions in Latin America. She is particularly interested in teacher professional development programs and high school dropout rates. She recently conducted the pilot study of a summer reading cluster randomized trial (RCT) targeting third grade students in Mexico.