Cyril Cherian

Research Analyst



B.A. in Economics: New York University Abu Dhabi (Abu Dhabi, UAE)
M.A. in Economics and Education: Columbia University


Cyril Cherian is a Quantitative Research Analyst with significant expertise in the impact of inequality on educational attainment and employment. He contributes to a range of research and evaluation projects at RFA, including analyses of the impacts of college promise programs and outcomes-based funding policies, evaluations of afterschool programs in Philadelphia, and an analysis of the cost of education in multiple Pennsylvania school districts. He is committed to conducting mixed-methods research and other rigorous research methodologies to inform policy decisions.

Prior to joining RFA, Cyril worked as a teaching assistant to Dr. Henry Levin where he developed a passion for conducting robust cost analysis, cost-effectiveness analysis and benefit-cost analysis. Cyril worked as an analyst at NYU’s Center for Technology and Economic development where he conducted research on the migration and employment patterns of immigrants in the UAE. He received his bachelor’s degree in Economics from New York University Abu Dhabi in 2015 and a master’s degree in Economics and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University in 2018. Cyril is fluent in five languages.