I am a social policy scholar who studies the persistence of intergenerational inequality by race, ethnicity, and class. I primarily focus on how out-of-school policies that create, or ease, stress for families affect the academic outcomes of children. My current research examines how recent increases in immigration enforcement affect educational outcomes.
I became interested in these topics at my first job out of college, as a fourth grade teacher in the Houston Independent School District. I then learned about the policy-making process as a legislative aide for Texas State Representative Dora Olivo, who served on Texas's House Public Education committee.
Beyond my academic research interests, I have a long-time interest in collaborating with government and non-profit partners from working as a research associate at the Child and Family Research Partnership at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. In that role, I evaluated programs for the Texas Education Agency (TEA), Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC), and Office of the Attorney General’s Child Support Division.
I am currently an IES Postdoctoral Fellow with the Curry School of Education & Human Development at the University of Virginia. I have a B.A. in History and English from Rice University, a MPA from Indiana University-Bloomington, and a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Duke University.