Amy Claessens an Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy where she studies education, child development, and public policy.

Her work investigates how policies and programs influence child development and how early achievement and socio-emotional skills relate to subsequent life outcomes. Claessens's work uses administrative or large-scale longitudinal data and draw on both quantitative and qualitative techniques.

Claessens has investigated a wide-range of issues surrounding child development and public policy including an experimental work support program and how achievement and socio-emotional skills at school entry relate to later school achievement.