Dr. Meredith (Walker) Anderson’s research spans Public Policy, Public Administration and Race and Ethnicity. Specifically, her work explores how representation, intersectionality, and equity influence policy outcomes, particularly for minority students. Her recent publications and working papers examine African American parents, leaders and students' perspectives on K-12 education, the relationship between representation and teenage pregnancy outcomes, managerial strategies of minority principals, insights and challenges in empirical work in government, and assess the influence of intersectional representation on African American male student tracking.
Dr. Anderson is currently a Senior Research Associate for the K-12 Advocacy team and the Frederick D. Patterson Research Institute (FDPRI) at the UNCF. In this role she leads the K-12 research activities of the Advocacy Division and FDPRI through design and management of empirical research endeavors related to K-12 education reform efforts for African American students, advises on findings, and makes recommendations for policy, program and development decision-making.
Prior to her work at UNCF, Meredith was Program Evaluator for Baltimore City Public Schools. As a part of the Effectiveness team, Dr. Anderson contributed to the development of the new evaluation system that measures the effectiveness of teachers and school leaders in Baltimore City. In this role, Dr. Anderson conducted statistical analysis related to teacher and principal evaluation, wrote policy reports, coordinated various district-wide professional developments, and lead the district’s evaluation survey on school leaders. Dr. Anderson also contributed to the Maryland Longitudinal Data System (MLDS) at the Maryland State Department of Education. In this capacity, Meredith was influential in developing educational content for the MLDS Center. She is also a member of the Montgomery County Education Forum and N.A.A.C.P., where advocates for minority student achievement and equity. Prior to her work in Maryland and DC, Meredith was a Research Associate for the Project for Equity, Representation, and Governance (PERG) at Texas A&M University.