Student Researcher: Rachel-Lyn Longo, University of Rhode Island

Student Researcher: Rachel-Lyn Longo, University of Rhode Island

Rachel-Lyn Longo worked as a Student Researcher under the direction of Shanna Pearson-Merkoowitz, Ph. D., an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Rhode Island on the research project "Ensuring Paid Family Leave Pays Off".

This project was developed as part of The Collaborative’s initiative to engage undergraduate students in research for state leaders.  


Rachel-Lyn Longo is a recent graduate of the University of Rhode Island and holds a B.A. in Political Science and Psychology.

Her work as a student researcher began in the spring of 2014, when she studied Paid Family Leave Policies in Rhode Island during a Senior Seminar with Professor Shanna Pearson-Merkowitz. Throughout her undergraduate career, Rachel-Lyn has been interested in familial health and wellbeing, which has sparked a curiosity for further research on PFL following the completion of this project. In the future, she plans to continue her research in public policy.