Jean Grossman

Lecturer in Public and International Affairs
Office Phone
279 Wallace Hall

Jean Grossman is on the faculty of Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs and is a Senior Research Fellow at MDRC. She is an expert on programs serving disadvantaged youth, especially mentoring programs and out-of-school time programs (afterschool and summer programs). She has authored (with colleagues) over 15 reports on out-of-school time programming, including:

  •  An Analysis of the Effects of an Academic Summer Program for Middle School Students
  •  Evaluation of Enhanced Academic Instruction in After-School Programs;
  •  Engaging Older Youth;
  •  Testing the Impact of Higher Achievement’s Year-Round Out-of-School Time Program on Academic Outcomes;
  •  Quality Time After School:  What Instructors Can Do to Enhance Learning; and
  •  The Cost of Quality Out-of-School Time Programs, Quality Time After School.

She authored two of the mentoring fields most seminal evaluations based on the Big Brothers big Sisters program: Making a Difference and Making a Difference In School.  She also recently finished The Role of Risk: Mentoring Experiences and Outcomes for Youth with Varying Risk Profiles; and Youth-Initiated Mentoring: Investigating a New Approach to Working with Vulnerable Adolescents. Along with Jean Rhodes and others, Grossman has also written a series of papers on the mechanisms of mentoring, exploring the role of the match length, rematching and the quality of the relationship. 


Ph.D. Economics
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1980