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I am an education policy scholar focusing on the forces that create and maintain disparities in educational outcomes. My current research explores how recent increases in immigration enforcement affect educational disparities by immigration status and ethnicity.  

I became interested in education at my first job out of college, as a fourth grade teacher in the Houston Independent School District. I then learned more about the eduction policy-making process as a legislative aide for Texas State Representative Dora Olivo, who served on Texas's House Public Education committee. 

After obtaining a Master's in Public Affairs from Indiana University-Bloomington, I worked as a research associate at the Child and Family Research Partnership at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. I am currently a fourth year PhD candidate at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University.