Erin Roth is a senior policy analyst for education innovation at American Progress. Previously, Roth served as the early childhood education research alliance lead at the American Institutes for Research (AIR), which supports education policy and research needs in seven Midwestern states through the Regional Educational Laboratory Midwest—funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences.

Prior to her role at AIR, Roth served as an education policy analyst in the Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development at the U.S. Department of Education, where she provided relevant research evidence and analysis in support of policy development in the areas of teachers and leaders, early childhood education, charter schools, and school turnaround. Prior to this role, Roth served as an associate scientist at the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), where she worked on NCES’ annual reports and on the Teaching and Learning International Survey. She also served as a public school kindergarten and Head Start teacher in North Carolina.

Roth received her bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is expecting her master’s degree in sociology of education, education policy from New York University in the fall of 2017.