Ruth Curran Neild is a research scientist at the Center for Social Organization of Schools at Johns Hopkins University. Her scholarly interests focus on the transition to ninth grade; high school graduation and dropouts; high school reform; high school choice; and teacher quality. Much of her work has involved analyses of longitudinal administrative data sets from school districts, sometimes merged with data from agencies such as state labor departments and Health and Human Services departments.
Currently, Neild is the Co-PI of an IES-funded randomized trial of two curricula for helping high school freshmen who are underprepared in mathematics to succeed in Algebra 1. Her other projects include a study of the effects of career and technical high schools on high school diploma attainment, academic growth, postsecondary education outcomes, and employment and earnings. Neild's work has appeared in peer-reviewed journals, popular journals for practitioners, and broadly disseminated research reports.
She earned a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Pennsylvania.