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I am an assistant professor of education policy, organization, and leadership in the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I use quantitative methods to study school finance, school choice, resource allocation in schools, and teacher quality. In addition to writing policy briefs and reports for policymakers and practitioners, my research has been published in a variety of peer-reviewed journals, including Educational PolicyJournal of Education FinanceAmerican Educational Research Journal, and Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis.

I completed a PhD in urban education policy and a MA in economics at the University of Southern California. Prior to enrolling at USC I earned a MA in science and math education and BAs in philosophy and molecular biology from the University of California, Berkeley and taught middle school science in Oakland and Los Angeles, California.


EPOL 590: Quantitative Policy Analysis (PhD)
EPOL 595: Independent Study (Action Research) (EdD)
EPOL 542/EOL 546: Public School Finance (EdM)


UIUC College of Education COVID-19 Seed Funding (PI, $10,000) 2020-2021
Teacher Hiring Before, During, and After a Pandemic

Google Computer Science Education Research (CS-ER) Program (Co-PI, $125,000) 2020-2021
Equitable Expansion of High School CS: Trends and Trade-offs Between and Within States

Honors & Awards

Journal of Education Finance Article of the Year National Education Finance Academy (2020)
Emerging Education Policy Scholar Thomas B. Fordham Institute (2019)
New Scholar Grant Association for Education Finance and Policy (2018)
David L. Clark Scholar University Council for Educational Administration (2018)
Rossier/Graduate School Ph.D. Fellow University of Southern California (2015-2019)
Teaching Effectiveness Award University of California, Berkeley (2009)
Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor University of California, Berkeley (2009)
California Flanders Fellow University of California, Berkeley (2007-2009)
Distinction in General Scholarship University of California, Berkeley (2004)

Office Address

337 Education Building
1310 S. 6th St.
Champaign, IL 61820-6925

Education/Academic qualification

Science and Math Education, MA, University of California at Berkeley

Molecular & Cell Biology, BA, University of California at Berkeley

Philosophy, BA, University of California at Berkeley

Economics, MA, University of Southern California

Urban Education Policy, PhD, University of Southern California


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  • education policy
  • school finance
  • teacher quality
  • school choice


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