Renée Hanson earned a master’s degree in sociology from the American University in Washington, D.C. and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland at College Park. She is currently a PhD candidate in a joint doctoral program at Rutgers University. Her interests are in urban education (pre K to college), race/stratification, health, science, environment, history, and sociology.
Hanson has over ten years of professional expertise in education and research as a researcher, consultant, education program coordinator, and teacher. As an Emerging Scholar, Hanson was funded by both the Hewlett and MacArthur Foundations for research on K-12 education issues, health, poverty, and other areas concerning minority communities. She was the program coordinator for the American University Ronald E. McNair Scholars program, which recruits low-income and underrepresented undergraduate students at the American University and the University of the District of Columbia in preparation for doctoral study.
Hanson has published a dozen articles and reports in the areas of education, sociology, and history. She authored a chapter on child and adolescent health disparities which was featured in the 2011 Allegheny County Population Health in Black and White Reportpublished by the University of Pittsburgh’s University Center for Social and Urban Research. She also co-authored a 2009 education report entitled Effective Policies for Promoting Early Behavioral Development that was featured in the Harvard Journal of African American Public Policy published by the Kennedy School of Government.
Hanson was invited to chair two 2016 American Educational Research Association (AERA) roundtables and was recently designated a peer reviewer by AERA at their 2016 Annual Meeting. In 2012, she was awarded a doctoral fellowship from Rutgers University-Newark. Hanson also received an award in 2004 for her work in the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Scholars Program at the American University in Washington, DC. Most recently, she served as the Project Coordinator for the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement’s New York Project, an initiative supported by the Helmsley Charitable Trust and hosted by the Department of Technology and Society at Stony Brook University.