Matthew Jukes is an education monitoring and evaluation specialist at RTI with 20 years of experience as a researcher in international education and child development. He comes to RTI from Room to Read where he was Senior Director of Global Research, Monitoring and Evaluation Strategy. Prior to joining Room to Read in 2012, he was an Associate Professor of International Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education where he taught courses on evidence-based decision making and on the roles of both culture and health in effective education. His research at Harvard focused on improving children’s development and learning in low-income countries, primarily through the evaluation of projects to improve early-grade literacy interventions and to promote learning through better health. He has also applied his research to work with the World Bank, UNAIDS, UNESCO, Save the Children and the UK Department for International Development (DFID). He has experience as a classroom teacher in Gambia. He holds a doctorate in early childhood development and a bachelor’s degree in physics from Oxford University.