I am an Assistant Professor of Educational Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation in the Department of Leadership, Policy, and Adult and Higher Education at North Carolina State University. Prior to arriving at NCSU, I was an IES Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Virginia's Curry School of Education. I received my Ph.D. in Education Policy and M.A. in Economics from the University of Southern California and my A.B. in History from Cornell University.
My first stream of research uses large longitudinal student-level data sets to evaluate the impact of education policies on student outcomes and achievement gaps. My work in this area has primarily focused on math education policy and school-level accountability policies, with a focus on the role that schools’ contextual factors play in the efficacy of these policies. My second research stream focuses on the design of school-level accountability policies. The goal of this line of work is to provide rigorous evidence to help policy-makers and educators in their efforts to improve student achievement, as well as mitigate the potential unintended consequences that harm students’ long-term outcomes. My third stream of research focuses on the economics of education with specific interests in teacher labor markets, governance, and school choice.