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Professor of Public Policy and Sociology

Faculty Fellow, Carolina Population Center

Research Fellow, Educational Policy Initiative at Carolina

My work examines the effectiveness of educational policies, school types, and interventions on students and how these effects vary for traditionally marginalized groups. I focus on areas that policymakers can control and that have high relevance to current educational policy debates. To date much of my academic research falls into four areas: 1) school and classroom poverty composition, 2) educational accountability, and 3) school options such as charter schools and early college high schools, and 4) performance incentives. I currently teach courses for undergraduates and graduate students in school reform, education policy, causal inference, and research design. I received a Ph.D. in Sociology and a Master in Public Policy (MPP) from the University of Chicago.