Kerri Raissian, PhD

Associate Professor of 

Public Policy

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Kerri M. Raissian is an Associate Professor of Public Policy at the University of Connecticut.  Her research focuses on child and family policy with an emphasis on understanding how policies affect fertility, family formation, and family violence.  Raissian’s research is interdisciplinary and draws on principles from program evaluation, economic demography, and applied microeconomics. 

She is the Co-Director of UConn’s Gun Violence Prevention – Research Interest Group (GVP-RIG) and the Co-Leader of the Connecticut Chapter of the Scholars Strategy Network.  She was a Doris Duke Fellow for the Promotion of Child Well-Being and completed her doctoral degree in Public Administration at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University in 2013. 


She has published in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management (JPAM), Child Maltreatment, Population Research and Policy Review, the European Journal of Ageing, among others.  Her paper, “Hold Your Fire: Did the 1996 Federal Gun Control Act Expansion Reduce Domestic Homicides?” was awarded the 2016 Vernon Memorial Prize for the best paper in JPAM.  In 2018, “Heed Neglect: Disrupt Child Maltreatment” – a paper co-authored with Bullinger, Feely, and Schneider, all Doris Duke Fellows - was chosen as EndCAN’s best research paper in their national “Disruption Call”.


She teaches financial management for public organizations, research methods, social policy, and introduction to public policy.  She has received teaching commendations for outstanding cumulative teaching evaluations from the University of Connecticut’s Provost’s Office on multiple occasions. 


Prior to academia, she worked with abused adults and children in the government and nonprofit sectors.  She currently engages with agencies in Connecticut to continue this work.