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I’m a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations at Vanderbilt University and a 2020 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 research has appeared in outlets such as Education Finance and Policy, Education Next, and Research in Higher Education. I am on the job market in 2020-21.

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.