Chris Poulos, PhD

Senior Manager of Research and Policy

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Chris is the Senior Manager of Research and Policy at Kids First Chicago (K1C). As part of the Data Science and Research team, Chris creates data and policy tools that expand access to education data as well as knowledge of education policy. Additionally, Chris is advancing K1C’s research agenda and using data-driven insights to elevate parent policy priorities.

Prior to K1C, Chris was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Chris’ research interests are urban inequalities, political economy, and public finance. He has co-published peer-reviewed articles on inequalities in school finance policy and a book chapter on veteran homelessness and home ownership.

Chris holds a Ph.D. in Sociology and a Master’s of Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago as well as a B.A. in Sociology from Northeastern Illinois University. He enjoys books and bikes.

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