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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 individuals make postsecondary education or career decisions; how federal, state and local financial aid policies affect college going; and how public policies can intervene to reduce inequality. 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 policies higher education. 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.