Erin Dunlop Velez

Education Research Analyst


  • PhD, Economics, University of Virginia
  • MA, Economics, University of Virginia
  • BA, Economics, College of William and Mary (graduated cum laude)

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Erin Dunlop Velez is an education research analyst who has a strong background in quantitative analysis and policy evaluation, with a focus on postsecondary education. For our clients, Dr. Velez has provided analysis, evaluation, and content expertise across many different projects and content areas for both federal and foundation clients. She has authored more than 10 publications for the U.S. Department of Education using the sample survey data that RTI collects (NPSAS, BPS, B&B) and has led the writing of the postsecondary indicators for the U.S. Department of Education’s yearly Condition of Education report. Dr. Velez’s personal research is centered on barriers to attainment of postsecondary credentials, financial aid policy, community college students, and the labor market returns for postsecondary credentials.