Welcome! I'm Elizabeth Burland, an Assistant Research Professor at the University of Connecticut's School of Public Policy.
I am a mixed methods scholar using experimental, quasi-experimental, and qualitative methods to make sense of educational decision making and inequality. My current work focuses on how students make postsecondary decisions, how federal and local financial aid policies affect college going, and how educational inequality contributes to social stratification. At the University of Connecticut, I teach coursework in public policy and public administration, including Introduction to Public Policy and Management as well as Equity in Public Policy, with a focus on higher education policy. I received my bachelor's degree in public policy and a master's degree in urban affairs and public policy from the (now) Biden School of Public Policy at the University of Delaware and my Ph.D. in sociology and public policy from the University of Michigan. Prior to moving to Michigan, I worked as a research and staff support for the state of Delaware's Wilmington Education Improvement Commission.