I am the Director of the Collaborative for Student Growth at NWEA, one of three research centers at NWEA Research. Our work is devoted to broadening understandings of educational equity and transforming education research and practice through research conducted in partnership with district and school communities. Our research focuses on understanding the causes and consequences of persistent structural inequities in education as well as developing measures of educational experiences that reflect these inequities. We seek to inform the design of interventions, policy, and practice and also endeavor to make data and evidence accessible to a broad range of stakeholders.
Outside of my role at NWEA, I am also a Co-Editor of Educational Researcher, a member of the Board of Directors for the Association for Education Finance and Policy, and on the editorial boards American Educational Research Journal, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, and Education Finance and Policy. I also teach courses on statistics and the economics of education at the USC Price School of Public Policy.
Prior to joining NWEA, I was a Senior Policy Researcher at the RAND Corporation and Professor of Policy Analysis at the Pardee RAND Graduate School, an Assistant Professor of Educational Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation in the Department of Leadership, Policy, and Adult and Higher Education at North Carolina State University, and an IES Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Virginia's Curry School of Education. I received my Ph.D. in Education Policy and M.A. in Economics from the University of Southern California and my A.B. in History from Cornell University.