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I am an Assistant Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Educational Policy & Leadership Studies and Sociology (by courtesy) at the University of Iowa.




My research interests include sociology of education, social stratification and education policy. I use multiple methods to examine the role of poverty and inequality in higher education as well as policies and programs designed to minimize related disparities and promote college success. My work has appeared in Educational Researcher, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, The New York Times, and Wisconsin Public Television, among others. In 2017, I received the Palmer O. Johnson Memorial Award for outstanding article in any AERA-sponsored publication for our work on the relationship between need-based grant aid and undergraduates’ work behaviors. The National Science Foundation, Kresge Foundation, Lumina Foundation, and others have supported my research. I teach graduate courses on research methods, finance in higher education, and higher education policy.

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