Head shot of Holly Heard
  • Senior Research Scientist, Houston Education Research Consortium
  • Manager, Research Data Operations Team
  • Site Program Manager | Study on Social and Emotional Skills | OECD partnership

Holly Heard is the associate director for research operations for Rice University's Houston Education Research Consortium (HERC). As head of the Data Team, she is in charge of data management, access and security for HERC; she also manages all Houston Independent School District-centered research projects. Heard received her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2002), her master's from the Pennsylvania State University (1997), and her bachelor's from the University of Notre Dame (1992). Heard has been with HERC since its inauguration in 2011 and has worked at Rice University since 2003, previously as an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology.