Abby Quirk is a research associate for K-12 Education at American Progress. Prior to this role, she worked as a research coordinator at the University of Pennsylvania studying the psychology of self-control and motivation in high school students. In addition, Quirk helped to connect innovative schools with leading scientists through the Character Lab Research Network. She previously completed a junior fellowship with the National Center for Education Statistics and American Institutes for Research.

Quirk graduated magna cum laude from Hamilton College with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and education. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in education policy from the University of Pennsylvania. Quirk is originally from Oakland, California.