I’m a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations at Vanderbilt University and a 2020-21 NAEd/Spencer Dissertation Fellow. My research examines the ways that higher education policies can influence the trajectories of individuals and institutions, with a particular emphasis on students who have been historically underrepresented in higher education. In my work, I primarily use quasi-experimental and other quantitative methods to study issues related to college access, graduate/professional education, and labor market outcomes for students. My work has been published by or is forthcoming in Education Finance and Policy, Education Next, and the National Center for Education Statistics.
Prior to entering the doctoral program, I spent eight years with RTI International, where I served as a research analyst for a number of higher education studies conducted on behalf of the U.S. Department of Education and National Science Foundation. Through my work on several surveys of current and former graduate students, I developed a strong interest in graduate/professional education, which is the focus of my dissertation. I earned an A.B. in Public Policy and American Institutions from Brown University.