USC Price School of Public Policy

Jill Cannon, Ph.D.

Jill Cannon

Policy Researcher
RAND Corporation

Educational Background:
B.A. in Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles
Master of Public Policy, University of California, Los Angeles
Ph.D. in Public Administration, University of Southern California

About Dr. Cannon:
Jill Cannon is a policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. Her work focuses on examining the relationship between early childhood programs and policies and child outcomes. She was previously a policy fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California, and prior to that she served as the associate director of Child Policy at RAND as well as associate director of the Promising Practices Network on Children, Families and Communities. Cannon has led multiple studies, and her recent research includes studies of pre-kindergarten experiences of children of immigrants, home visitation programs, early grade retention, school entry age policy, state child safety seat policies, and the effectiveness of full-day kindergarten. She has also co-authored publications on cost and outcome analysis of early childhood interventions and an examination of early achievement gaps among California students. Her current projects include a randomized field trial to evaluate the effectiveness of a home visitation program for new parents in New Mexico.