I recently completed my Ph.D. in education policy at Vanderbilt University. During my graduate program, I was a 2020 NAEd/Spencer Dissertation Fellow and part of the Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations. 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 underserved. 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 research has appeared in outlets such as the American Educational Research Journal, Education Finance and Policy, the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, and Research in Higher Education.
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 the 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.