In brief, what is your role at Hanover?
I am a Research Associate in Hanover’s K-12 Education Practice. This means that I support our school district partners by answering their unique research questions. I conduct research in the form of best practices reports and literature reviews on topics ranging from restorative justice in schools to school scheduling practices.
Why did you decide to work at Hanover?
I chose Hanover because it was an opportunity to continue working in an issue area that I really care about—education. I was eager to continue honing my research skills and Hanover seemed like a perfect place to do so.
In your opinion, what sets Hanover apart from other organizations?
I’ve been really pleasantly surprised by everyone’s willingness to talk and be friendly. Hanover is a really young company, so there are tons of people who have just moved to the DC/Arlington area to start their careers and that makes for really exciting energy.
Why should graduates at your alma mater be interested in working at Hanover?
I think that UChicago uniquely prepares you to think critically and rigorously about issues, so Hanover has been a natural extension of this skill set for me. Like many other UChicago grads, I wrote a thesis as part of my graduation requirement, and the expectations set during that process have really informed my work here.
What is your favorite part of your job/the company?
I like that I have a lot of control over my work every day. I am responsible for generating ideas, researching, writing, and editing with a high degree of autonomy, and that’s unique for a first job out of college. It has kept me in the practice of writing, and that’s critical to my long term goals, which include attending law school and working in civil rights litigation.
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