I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Educational Policy and Planning program in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy (with a graduate portfolio in Applied Statistical Modeling) and a graduate research trainee at the Population Research Center at The University of Texas at Austin. I also am an adjunct instructor of research methods at the School of Education at American University.

I graduated from the University of Virginia with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and history and a master’s degree in teaching. I later completed a master’s degree in Spanish linguistics from Middlebury College. Previously, I was a high school teacher and college instructor of Spanish.

In the summer of 2017, I was an Archer Graduate Fellow in Public Policy in Washington, DC where I served as an intern at the National Center for Education Research of the Institute of Education Sciences, the research arm of the U.S. Department of Education.

My research uses the geographic principles of place and scale to explore the mechanisms of policy, particularly as they affect students of historically marginalized backgrounds. In doing so, I interrogate policies and practices related to both schools and communities employing both ethnographic and quantitative methods.