Joan Karp
Joan Karp
Senior Research Associate
Van Loan School of Graduate and Professional Studies , 321b

Biographical Profile

Joan Karp is a Senior Research Associate at the Program Evaluation and Research Group (PERG). Since joining PERG in 2000, Joan has conducted a wide range of research and evaluation projects, often focused on K-16 science and math education in formal and informal environments. Her recent work involves student parents in higher education. Her PERG work has included:

  • Several projects related to student parents in higher education:
    • Research Study of Baccalaureate Student Parent Programs
    • Evaluation of Keys to Degrees Replication
    • Development and pilot of The Family Friendly Campus Toolkit: Making College Real for Two Generations
    • Implementation of the Jeremiah-Endicott Boston Program
  • Phase I & II of the Boston Science Partnership, a large science education Math Science Partnership (MSP), funded by NSF, with a wide variety of components
  • A project to transform a written curriculum into a digital format
  • New activities to support for two-year college geoscience faculty
  • Lesson study in mathematics projects
  • Other science and mathematics professional development programs
  • Museum exhibitions
  • Media arts education program

Prior work

Prior to joining PERG, Joan managed two NSF-funded mathematics teacher enhancement and training projects at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and was instrumental in an early school improvement program in the Boston Public Schools. She also worked with a range of school systems and community groups on diversity issues.


  • M.Ed. Harvard Graduate School of Education;
  • ┬áB.A., Sociology, Brandeis University