Mimi Engel
Associate Professor
REM: Research & Evaluation Methodology

School of Education, Room 214
University of Colorado Boulder
249 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309

Mimi Engel is an associate professor in the Research and Evaluation Methodology (REM) program in the CU-Boulder School of Education. Through her research Dr. Engel aims to contribute to our understanding of how policies and programs affect children’s developmental outcomes and opportunities to learn. Her interest in studying how schools and other contexts influence students is informed by her training in human development and social policy and social work. Spanning several areas including teacher labor markets (focus on teacher hiring) and early skill formation (focus on mathematics teaching and learning for young children), and contextual influences on children, the central aim of her research is to provide new information about policies, programs, and administrative factors that have the potential to improve students’ school-related outcomes, particularly among students from traditionally under-served populations.

Dr. Engel uses both quantitative and qualitative methods to conduct program evaluations and analyses investigating issues in education policy. She has conducted a number of studies in the Chicago Public Schools and worked at the Consortium on Chicago School Research. She also utilizes large-scale national databases in her research. Her publications include peer-reviewed articles in Educational ResearcherAmerican Educational Research JournalEducational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, the Journal of Education Finance and PolicyDevelopmental Psychology, and Educational Administration Quarterly, among others.


PhD Human Development and Social Policy, School of Education, Northwestern University, 2008

AM Social Work, School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago, 1998

BA History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1993 

Courses taught at University of Colorado Boulder

EDUC 5716 Basic Statistical Methods

Engel, M., Claessens, A., Watts, T.W., Stone, S.I. (2016). Socioeconomic Inequality at School Entry: A Cross-Cohort Comparison of Families and Schools. Children and Youth Services Review. 71, 227-232.

Engel, M., Claessens, A., Watts, T.W., & Farkas, G. (2016). Mathematics Content Coverage and Student Learning in Kindergarten. Educational Researcher. 45(5), 293-300.

Engel, M., Jacob, B., & *Curran, F.C. (2014) New Evidence on Teacher Labor Supply. American Educational Research Journal, 51(1), 36-72.

Engel, M., Claessens, A., & Finch, M.A. (2013). Teaching students what they already know? The (Mis)Alignment between mathematics instructional content and student knowledge in kindergarten. Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 35(2), 157-178.

Engel, M. (2013). Problematic Preferences? A Mixed Method Examination of What Principals Look for when Hiring Teachers. Educational Administration Quarterly, 49(1), 52-91.