Dr. Guanglei Hong is Professor with tenure in the Comparative Human Development Department and the Committee on Education at the University of Chicago. She was the inaugural Chair of the Committee on Quantitative Methods in Social, Behavioral, and Health Sciences at the University from 2018 to 2021. She obtained a Master’s degree in Applied Statistics in 2002 and a Ph.D. in Education in 2004 from the University of Michigan.

Dr. Hong develops and applies causal inference theories and methods for evaluating educational and social policies and programs in multi-level, longitudinal settings. Her work is currently focused on developing concepts and methods for analyzing causal mediation mechanisms, for revealing spillover effects, and for conducting sensitivity analysis. She has received research funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education, the William T Grant Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada. She leads an NSF Summer Institute in Advanced Research Methods for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education Research (SIARM for STEM) from 2020-2024.

Her research monographCausality in a social world: Moderation, mediation, and spill-over” was published by John Wiley & Sons in July 2015. Her other publications have appeared in leading journals in statistics, education, and psychology including the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, the Journal of the American Statistical Association, the Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics, the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, the Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness, Psychological Methods, and Developmental Psychology, among others. She was Guest Editor for the Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness special issue on the statistical approaches to studying mediator effects in education research published in 2012. She has been elected to serve on the Editorial Boards of a number of journals.

Hong received a 2002 AERA Dissertation Grant, a 2003 Joint Statistical Meetings Student Paper Competition Award, a 2003 Spencer Dissertation Fellowship, a 2005 AERA Division D Outstanding Dissertation Award, a 2006 National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship, a 2009-2014 William T. Grant Foundation Scholars Award, and a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in 2021-2022.


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Office Address: Rosenwald Hall, Room 305C
1126 E 59th Street, Chicago, IL 60637
Office Phone: 773-702-9481
Email: ghong@uchicago.edu