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Agustina Laurito

Assistant Professor

Public Policy, Management and Analytics

Pronouns: she/her/ella


Building & Room:



412 S. Peoria Street, 136, MC 278


Agustina Laurito is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Administration. She is an applied policy researcher who uses administrative and survey data and quasi experimental methods to answer questions at the intersection of social, education, and health policy mostly in urban contexts. Agustina is broadly interested in how adverse experiences affect children and families and the role of public policy in ameliorating these effects. Among her current projects, she studies food assistance programs, and SNAP in particular, neighborhood crime and children, and more recently the effect of the opioid crisis on children and families. Agustina is also interested in immigrant families and children and her projects in this area investigate the role of non-school factors, including the home country, in shaping immigrant children academic success and well-being.



Teaching Fall 2022 

PPOL 231 Introduction to Social Policy

PPOL 405 Evaluating Public Policies and Programs


Past Teaching 

PPOL 307 Policy Analysis and Alternatives

PA 506 Policy Development, Analysis, and Implementation

PA 540 Research Design for Public Administration

Selected Grants

Tufts/UConn Research Innovation and Development Grants in Economics (RIDGE) Program, “SNAP, School Meals, and the Food Security of Multigenerational Households”, PI

University of Illinois Chicago - Award for Creative Activity, "The Effect of the Heroin Epidemic on Grandparent Caregiving", PI

Russell Sage Foundation, "Racial/Ethnic Differences in Homeownership and Gaps in Student Achievement", PI

University of Illinois Chicago - Award for Creative Activity, "Public Mental Health Facility Closures and Criminal Justice Contact in Chicago", Co-PI

Selected Publications


PhD New York University
MPP Duke University