I'm a PhD candidate at the University of Michigan in Sociology and Public Policy, and a researcher passionate about social stratification, education policy, and data analysis. I have 8 years of experience with research and project management, leading and collaborating on large-scale research projects in policy, state government, and academia. As a mixed-methods researcher, I use experimental, quasi-experimental, and qualitative methods to make sense of educational 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. I received my bachelor's degree in public policy and a master's degree in urban affairs and public policy from the University of Delaware. Prior to moving to Michigan, I worked as a research and staff support for the state of Delaware's Wilmington Education Improvement Commission.