Jean Grossman

Lecturer in Public and International Affairs, Princeton School of Public and International Affairs
Office Phone
279 Wallace Hall

Ph.D. Economics
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1980


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.