I am a Policy Researcher at the RAND Corporation, Co-Editor of Educational Researcher, and Associate Editor of Education Finance and Policy. Prior to joining RAND, I was 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, and 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.

The unifying goal of my research is to generate rigorous policy-relevant evidence to help educators and policy-makers in their efforts to raise student achievement and narrow achievement gaps. My research agenda focuses on the determinants of persistent achievement gaps as well as evaluating the effect of popular responses by policymakers and educators to reduce these gaps. Examples of these include standards-based accountability, school choice initiatives, student discipline policies, and curricular intensification.