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 help policy-makers and educators make informed decisions about the design and implementation of educational policies and programs. My research agenda focuses on better understanding determinants of persistent educational inequalities, as well as evaluating policies and programs aimed at mitigating these inequalities. Current examples of these include school choice initiatives, student discipline policies, and curricular intensification.