Rachel Rush-Marlowe is the founder and executive director of ResearchEd, an education policy research group founded in 2020. ResearchEd’s mission is to conduct work that is student-centered, informed by the experiences of today’s learners, particularly those who have been traditionally underserved by our education system. This includes students with children and students with disabilities, students that are first generation, from racially minoritized backgrounds, from rural communities, and students with intersections of these and other identities. ResearchEd conducts and publishes research, provides data capacity building support, and acts as a liaison between students, education institutions, and policymakers through advocacy and communications.
At ResearchEd, Rush-Marlowe has conducted research with partners including the American Association of Colleges and Universities, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities, Achieving the Dream, the Aspen Institute, Community College League of California, and New America, among others.
She earned her master’s degree in public policy from Georgetown University, where she continues to work as an associate instructor. Rush-Marlowe’s research interests and expertise are in rural student success, institutional data capacity, and federal student aid programs. She has published reports on these and other topics, and is the author of the book chapter, Teacher Education in an Audit Culture in the Wiley International Handbook of Educational Foundations.