Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Education, Dept. of Leadership, Policy & Organizations

Through my research I aim to contribute to our understanding of how policies and programs affect children’s developmental outcomes and opportunities to learn. My interest in studying how schools and other contexts influence students is informed by my training in human development and social policy and social work. Spanning several areas including teacher labor markets (focus on teacher hiring) and early skill formation (focus on mathematics teaching and learning for young children), and contextual influences on children, the central aim of my research is to provide new information about policies, programs, and administrative factors that have the potential to improve students’ school-related outcomes, particularly among students from traditionally under-served populations.

I use both quantitative and qualitative methods to investigate issues in education policy and have worked on a number of studies in the Chicago Public Schools. I also utilize large-scale national databases in my work. My publications include peer-reviewed articles in Educational Researcher, American Educational Research Journal, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, the Journal of Education Finance and Policy, Developmental Psychology, and Educational Administration Quarterly, among others. I have a Ph.D. in Human Development and Social Policy from Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy and a master’s degree in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago.

Recent Media Mentions:

Education Week Ask a Scientist: What’s the Best Type of Math to Teach in Kindergarten?

MathEd Podcast