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Nicole Arshan

Nicole Arshan is a Research Analyst at SRI International. She has an interest in how the American education system reproduces or alleviates inequality, with particular focus on access to and preparation for post-secondary education. Nicole graduated from the College of William and Mary in 2000 with a BA in History and entered the doctoral program directly from SUSE's Master's program in Social Sciences in Education. Previous work experience includes IT consulting with Accenture and undergraduate admissions at Georgetown University.

Allison Atteberry

Allison Atteberry completed her doctorate at the Stanford School of Education in June 2011, where she was affiliated with the Center for Education Policy Analysis. She received her B.A. from the University of Chicago in Sociology and Political Science. Allison's dissertation focused on issues related to the estimation of causal effects of teachers and schools (value-added), and implications for accountability systems. Other academic interests include research on school intervention strategies to improve learning opportunities for children in disadvantaged settings. She is also interested in the development of professional working communities and networks in schools, and she has studied the uptake of new interventions designed to help teachers develop expertise in their practice. She also has a strong interest in quantitative methods and causal analysis, and completed a graduate minor in statistics at Stanford.

Rachel was a doctoral student in Higher Education Policy and the Economics of Education at Stanford University and a Jack Kent Cooke Dissertation Fellow. Rachel studies inequalities in access to and success in higher education using behavioral economic models of decision making and quasi-experimental and experimental methods. Her job market paper, "Responses to Increased Structure in Community Colleges" examines how students and institutions responded to a state-wide policy smoothing the transfer process between two- and four-year schools. Rachel's other work includes agent based simulations of race- and ses-based affirmative action policies, a study of students' knowledge of labor market outcomes, and descriptive and experimental work on persistence in online classes. She works closely with the California Community Colleges.

Rekha Balu

Rekha Balu completed her PhD in the Economics of Education program at the Stanford University School of Education. She studies school finance and teacher policies. Her dissertation consists of three essays addressing the measurement, causes and consequences of school district revenue instability. She builds on theory and empirical evidence in education, economics and public administration to address under-explored research questions of immediate policy concern. Working with large-scale panel datasets, she also has studied the role of schools in post-conflict countries, and the impact of health on education outcomes in developing countries. Previously, she served as Associate Director of the Center for Universal Education in Washington, D.C., a Fulbright Scholar in Guatemala, a legislative budget analyst, and a journalist. She received her M.A. in Economics from Stanford University, her Ed.M. from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and her B.S. from Northwestern University.

Daphna Bassok

Daphna Bassok is an Assistant Professor of Education Policy in the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. She is a faculty affiliate at the Center on Education Policy and Workforce Competitiveness. Her research is focused on early childhood education policy with a particular interest in early childhood teacher labor markets as well as the impacts of preschool policies on the academic and social well-being of low-income children.

Tara Beteille

Tara Béteille is currently working as Economist at the Chief Economist’s Office, South Asia Region, The World Bank. She joined The World Bank in 2010 through the Young Professional’s Program. Prior to joining The World Bank, Tara was a Post Doctoral Fellow at the Institute for Research on Education Policy and Practice, Stanford University. She received her PhD from Stanford University in 2009, where she was a recipient of the William Kimball and Sara Hart Stanford Graduate Fellowship. Tara also holds Master’s degrees in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics (2000) and Stanford University (2009). Tara’s research has focused on teacher and principal labor markets. Her dissertation, Absenteeism, Transfers and Patronage: The Political Economy of Teacher Labor Markets in India, argues that strategic linkages between teachers and politicians compromise teacher accountability efforts in large parts of India. During her post doctoral year, she worked on principal labor markets. Tara’s interest in teacher labor markets dates to 2000, when she worked with ICICI Bank, India, managing their nonprofit funding in education.

Kendra Bischoff

Kendra Bischoff is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Cornell University. Kendra completed both a Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2012 and her Ph.D. in Sociology in 2011 at Stanford University. Her research focuses on the causes and consequences of racial and economic segregation in neighborhoods and schools, the effect of school context on student outcomes, and civic engagement among disadvantaged youth. Her dissertation examined the academic and social effects of an interdistrict desegregation program on program participants.

Angela Boatman

Angela received her doctoral degree from the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University (2012). Her research focuses on the evaluation of college access policies, particularly in the areas of postsecondary remediation and financial aid. Sample past projects include an examination of how the effects of postsecondary remedial and developmental courses vary by level of academic preparation, and a multi-cohort evaluation of the Gates Millennium Scholars Program. Her dissertation, supported with a grant from the American Educational Research Association, focused on a multi-institution evaluation of innovations in the delivery of remedial courses in Tennessee. She holds an M.P.P in Public Policy and M.A. in Higher Education, both from the University of Michigan.

Rafael Carrasco

Rafael is a PhD Candidate studying international comparative education at Stanford University. He is interested in questions of the equality of educational opportunities and outcomes within K-12 education. His most recent projects are focused on the distribution of learning opportunities in terms of teacher quality and curricular exposure.

Anna Chmielewski

Anna (Katyn) Chmielewski is an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy in the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto. She completed her PhD in Sociology of Education and International Comparative Education at Stanford in 2012 and her MA in Sociology at Stanford in 2010. Katyn’s research examines macro-level trends in educational inequality, both cross-nationally and over time. Specifically, she is interested in socioeconomic disparities in academic achievement, school segregation, curricular tracking/ability grouping and university access, as well as the consequences of childhood inequality for adult skills, educational attainment and income. From 2012-2014, she was a postdoctoral fellow in the Pathways to Adulthood program at Michigan State University.


Anna Comerford

Anna Comerford completed her Master’s degree from Stanford University in 2012. Her research interests are inequality in educational access and attainment, as well as quantitative methods. She received her BA in Sociology and Economics from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in 2007, and she has professional experience working as a statistical programmer at Mathematica Policy Research in Princeton, NJ.

Liza Dayton

Elizabeth (Liza) Dayton was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Stanford School of Education and Center for Education Policy Analysis. She received her Ph.D. in sociology from Johns Hopkins University (2012), following a B.A. in psychology from Stanford (2003), M.A. in sociology from Stanford (2004), and M.A. in sociology from Johns Hopkins (2009). Her dissertation, supported by an American Educational Research Association grant, demonstrated that supportive family relationships statistically promote first-generation college-going, protect against downward educational mobility, and perpetuate educational success from one generation to the next. Dayton has also examined the potential for intergenerational educational mobility among the children of adults returning to community college, and how switching school and neighborhood contexts via housing and school voucher programs affects youth outcomes. She has performed extensive classroom observations with the Baltimore Education Research Consortium. Dayton’s research interests lie in three overlapping areas: intergenerational educational mobility; the value of noncognitive skills (such as attitudes and effort) for education and career; and the role of families in shaping children’s noncognitive skills and educational and occupational trajectories.

Brent Evans

Brent is a doctoral student in Higher Education at Stanford University and an IES Pre-doctoral Fellow. He received a BA from the University of Virginia in Physics and American Government, an MEd in Higher Education from Harvard University, and an MA in Economics from Stanford University. Brent's professional experience includes teaching at Haileybury College in England, working in undergraduate admissions at the University of Virginia, and conducting research and policy analysis on federal financial aid in Washington DC for the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance.

Mauricio Farias

Mauricio is a doctoral student in the International Comparative Education Program at Stanford University. Before coming to Stanford, Mauricio was the Head of the Department of Research and Development at the Ministry of Education in Chile. In this position he was responsible of doing research, managing a research fund, gathering data and computing statistics, and managing school subsidies.

Erica Greenberg

Erica was a doctoral candidate in Education Policy and fellow in the Stanford Interdisciplinary Doctoral Training Program in Quantitative Education Policy Analysis. Her research currently focuses on the politics of universal preschool policies and their implications for educational inequality. She explores these issues using unique national public opinion data, spatial analysis (GIS), and synthetic control methodologies. Before beginning her doctoral studies, she served as research assistant to Sharon Lynn Kagan at the National Center for Children and Families at Teachers College, Columbia University. She also taught pre-kindergarten at KIPP DC: LEAP Academy and interned in the Office of Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development at the U.S. Department of Education. She graduated from Yale University in 2006 with a B.A. in History and Linguistics and earned a M.A. in Political Science from Stanford in 2013.

Elena Grewal

Elena was a doctoral candidate in the Economics of Education program at the Stanford University School of Education. She received a B.A. in Ethics, Politics, and Economics, with distinction, from Yale University, and Masters degree in Economics at Stanford University. She is the recipient of the Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship and is an IES Fellow.

Jason Grissom

Jason Grissom is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Education at Vanderbilt University. Professor Grissom’s research uses large data sets and draws on the perspectives of political science, public administration, and economics to study the governance of K-12 education, including both its management and political dimensions. He is particularly interested in identifying the impacts of school and district leaders on teacher and student outcomes and has published work on principal performance, school board decision-making, teachers’ unions and collective bargaining. He has also published a stream of articles on the implications of the race and gender composition of the public education workforce—and the public bureaucracy more generally—for the distribution of resources and outcomes. His work has appeared in such outlets as American Educational Research Journal, American Journal of Education, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Journal of Politics, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Public Administration Review, and Teachers College Record.

Alicia Gruno

Alicia Grunow completed her PhD in the Administration and Policy Analysis program at Stanford University. She received her B.A. in psychology from Reed College in 1999. Before coming to Stanford, she taught for seven years in Transitional Bilingual and Dual Language elementary school programs in both Denver and New York City. Her research interests focus on policies and practices to improve the educational experiences of English Learners.

Heather Hough

Heather Hough is a Policy Fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC). Heather completed her PhD in Administration and Policy Analysis at the Stanford University School of Education. She received her Bachelor's degree in Public Policy with a concentration in Social Policy from Stanford University. Before coming to Stanford, Heather worked as a Research Analyst in the Center for Education Policy at SRI International, where much of her research focused on teacher development, school improvement, and resource distribution. At CEPA, Heather focused on using mixed methodology to understand the effect of policy interventions at the district level.

Matt Kasman

Matt Kasman was a doctoral candidate in Administration and Policy Analysis at the Stanford University Graduate School of Education. His primary interests are school choice and student assignment. Specifically, he is interested in the potential for large-scale school choice policies to increase the diversity of students in schools and districts. He is interested in exploring complex and dynamic processes such as school choice and college enrollment using agent-based model simulations. Prior to his graduate studies in educational policy, he worked in software development.

Daniel Klasik
Daniel was a doctoral candidate in the Education Policy program at Stanford University. He graduated from Williams College in 2003 with a BA in Psychology and Mathematics and earned a MA in Economics from Stanford in 2010. Prior to his time at Stanford, Daniel worked as both an admissions officer at Vassar College and as a Research Assistant in the Education Policy Center of the Urban Institute. At Stanford, Daniel has conducted research on how students make choices about whether and where to attend college and what policies might work to improve these choices. This work has been guided by his dissertation committee, which includes Susanna Loeb, Sean Reardon, and Eric Bettinger. In his dissertation Daniel examines how the structure and complexity of the college application process shape both students’ decisions about where to enroll in college and their persistence after matriculation.
Bernardo Lara

Bernardo was a student in the Economics of Education PhD program. He has a bachelor degree in Industrial Engineering and a Master degree in Applied Economics, both obtained at the University of Chile. His research interests include voucher systems and higher education, with a special focus on the interaction of private and public schools in educational markets.

Abby Larson

Abby Larson is a sociologist and is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University. Broadly speaking, she studies how people create and organize social goods. Her research is primarily informed by the sociology of organizations, the sociology of knowledge and technology, the sociology of culture, and social psychology. Prior to Stanford, Larson received her Ph.D. in sociology from the New York University (2006-2010) and was then the National Science Foundation and American Sociological Association Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley. She has been named a Fellow at the Edmund J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, a German Chancellor Fellow by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, a Rotary International Scholar, and has worked with organizations such as the Social Science Research Council (2005-2008). Between 2005-2007, Larson helped to establish the Research Alliance for New York City Schools, an enterprise to facilitate empirical research on public schools, and which brings together partners from the public, private, academic, philanthropic, and not-for-profit sectors. Larson has lived and conducted research in Argentina, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom, studied at Oxford University, and earned a joint B.A./M.A. with honors from Stanford University.

Ben Master

Ben Master completed his PhD in Education Policy and Organization Studies at Stanford’s Graduate School of Education, and recently joined the RAND Corporation as an Associate Policy Researcher. His research addresses issues of school leadership, teacher preparation, teacher evaluation, and instructional equity for disadvantaged students. Previously, Ben worked alongside K-12 educators in schools, providing both professional development and analytical support related to the effective use of data to enhance instructional practice and support school improvement. Ben graduated from Brown University in 2001 with a B.A. in Economics.

Jeannie Myung

Jeannie Myung completed her PhD in Administration and Policy Analysis at Stanford University. She received a Bachelor's degree in Political Science at Yale University and a Master's degree in Social Sciences in Education at Stanford University. Her research interests include teacher labor markets, resource allocation, school leadership, and teacher development. Before coming to Stanford, Jeannie taught in a public elementary school in San Jose, California.

Ashlyn Nelson

Ashlyn Aiko Nelson is an Assistant Professor in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) at Indiana University. Her research examines how financial institutions, credit markets, housing markets, and education finance policies influence (1) the distribution of credit and education quality across communities and children, and (2) children’s education outcomes. Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation. Prior to her current appointment, she served as the Fair Lending Officer at IndyMac Bank and as Assistant Vice President of Analysis & Information Management at Bank of America. She received her Ph.D. in Economics of Education (2005) and M.A. in Economics (2003) from Stanford, and a B.A. in Economics (2001) and B.S. in Business Administration (2001) from the University of Southern California.

Ann Owens

Ann ( received her PhD in Sociology & Social Policy from Harvard University in 2012. Her research focuses on inequality in education and neighborhoods. Past and present research projects include work on neighborhood and school effects on educational attainment, subsidized housing and urban poverty, neighborhood mobility and change, and residential and school segregation. Ann is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Center on Poverty and Inequality at Stanford University for 2012-13, and she will join the faculty in the Department of Sociology at the University of Southern California in fall 2013.

Maria Perez

Maria (Cuky) Perez is an Assistant Professor of Policy Analysis at the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington. Cuky completed her PhD in the Economics of Education program at Stanford University in 2012. She received her professional degree in Economics from Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, and a Master's degree in Economics at Stanford University. She is the recipient of the Stanford Interdisciplinary Fellowship (SIGF) and the Spencer Dissertation Fellowship. Her dissertation research concentrated on the theoretical and empirical effects of performance-based pay for teachers. In the first paper she addressed how inequity aversion differ among prospective teachers and lawyers by conducting a controlled behavioral experiment. In the second paper, she investigated how measures of teacher and school value-added interact with and/or predict incentive scheme preferences. And in her third paper she developed a general equilibrium model of teacher performance-based pay to simulate the potential general effects of this policy.

Ximena was a doctoral candidate in the Developmental and Psychological Sciences program at Stanford University and is a recipient of the IES fellowship training grant. She received her B.A. in Psychology from New York University in 2003. Post graduation, Ximena was employed by NYU on the Early Head Start National Evaluation Project, and served as the research coordinator for a longitudinal study on culture's role in the development and school readiness of low-income, ethnically diverse immigrant children. Before coming to Stanford, Ximena was a research associate for the Family Well-Being and Child Development policy area at MDRC, where she managed evaluations of early childhood and mental health interventions.

Kristopher Proctor

Kristopher Proctor is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminology at Avila University. Kris completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship studying postsecondary education at Stanford University. He is interested in US postsecondary school organizational structures, with a particular focus on curricular structures and change. His recent projects have explored interdisciplinary programs, general education requirements, and longitudinal changes in the prevalence of curricular fields. Prior to Stanford, Kristopher completed his graduate work at the University of California, Riverside, where he also served as the data manager for the Colleges and Universities 2000 project’s two higher education databases: the Institutional Data Archive (IDA) and the College Catalog Study (CCS). Kristopher received his Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of California, Riverside, with emphases in criminology and sociological theory. He received his baccalaureate degree in Sociology from the University of Washington.

Craig Rawlings

Craig Rawlings was an Institute for Education Science (IES) Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Education Policy Analysis (CEPA). He completed his B.A. in International Studies at the University of Oregon, his M.A. in Sociology from Rutgers University, and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. His dissertation research was funded by the Social Science Research Council-Sloan Foundation and the National Science Foundation, and focused on organizational change and gender segregation in American higher education since the early 1970s. His work seeks to bridge structural and cultural explanations of how social actors (individuals, colleges, academic departments) influence one another. He is particularly interested in the ways that social networks and status inequalities help shape influence processes. With Dan McFarland, he is currently working on a number of projects concerning peer influences on faculty productivity, as well as the social and structural bases that facilitate the spread of knowledge between academic departments.

Michelle Reininger

Michelle Reininger ( is an Assistant Professor (Research) and the Executive Director of the Center for Education Policy Analysis. She returns to Stanford, where she received a PhD in the economics of education and an MA in economics, from her position as an Assistant Professor of Human Development and Social Policy and Learning Sciences at Northwestern University and a Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Policy Research. At Northwestern, Reininger studied the dynamics of teacher and principal labor markets including preparation, recruitment, and retention. She is currently involved in two longitudinal studies of the career paths of teachers and principals in the Chicago Public School System. Her work has been funded by the Spencer Foundation, the American Education Research Association, and the Joyce Foundation. A former chemistry teacher, Reininger has also received an MA in education policy from the University of Virginia.

Jim Soland

Jim was a doctoral student in Developmental and Psychological Sciences. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Haverford College and Master’s degree in Education from Stanford. Between 2008 and 2011, Jim served as a Senior Fiscal and Policy Analyst at the Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) in Sacramento, where he evaluated state and federal projects related to K-12 assessment, standards (including Common Core implementation), and district improvement.

Eric Taylor

Eric Taylor is an assistant professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Eric studies the economics of education, with a particular interest in employer-employee interactions between schools and teachers—hiring and firing decisions, job design, training, performance evaluation. His work has been published in the American Economic Review, Journal of Human Resources, and Journal of Public Economics; and featured in Slate, Time, The Washington Post, and Education Week. Eric was a Spencer Dissertation Fellow in 2014, and was recognized for Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring by the Stanford GSE in 2013.

Ilana Umansky

Ilana is an Assistant Professor in the College of Education at the University of Oregon. She is in the Department of Educational Methodology, Policy and Leadership where she studies the educational opportunities and outcomes of students classified as English Language Learners. In her work she collaborates with school districts as they work to improve educational opportunities for their immigrant and ELL-classified students. She is the recipient of a Spencer/National Academy of Education Dissertation Fellowship and her dissertation won the 2015 annual selection for outstanding dissertation for the American Educational Research Association Bilingual Education Research group. Prior to her Ph.D. Ilana worked with international organizations such as the World Bank and the Organization of American States on research and promotion of educational equity in Central America. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology of Education (2014) and M.A. in Sociology (2013) from Stanford, and holds an M.Ed. in International Education Policy (2003) from Harvard and a B.A. in Sociology (1998) from Wesleyan University.

Jon Valant

Jon was a doctoral candidate in Educational Policy at Stanford University. He studies education policies and politics, primarily as they relate to educational equity. His dissertation, "The politics of policy: Who influences education policy and what motivates them," examines key actors in education policymaking -- including state-level political parties, parental school choosers, and the American public -- and how their varied interests and influence shape public policy and social outcomes. Jon also studies school choice, focusing both on how families choose schools and how schools of choice serve families. Jon is a Spencer Dissertation Fellow, and he has received an Institute of Education Sciences fellowship as part of the Stanford Interdisciplinary Doctoral Training Program in Quantitative Education Policy Analysis. He holds a master's degree in Political Science (MA) from Stanford University, a master's degree in Public Policy (MPP) from the Harvard Kennedy School, and a bachelor's degree (BA) from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Rachel Valentino was a doctoral candidate in Administration and Policy Analysis and is an Institute for Education Sciences fellow at Stanford. Rachel studies the effects of early childhood education (ECE) policies and practices on a variety of child outcomes, with a particular focus on the measurement and implications of high quality instructional approaches for English learners (ELs) and racially and socioeconomically underrepresented children. For the past four years she has worked in collaboration with San Francisco Unified School District on research designed to improve the educational opportunities of their EL students. Her most recent professional experience includes her position as a researcher at the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER), where she worked with state departments of education to evaluate their publicly funded pre-K programs through large-scale and longitudinal research studies.

Imeh Williams
Imeh Williams was a doctoral candidate in Education Administration and Policy Analysis at Stanford University. He uses quasi-experimental methodology to study principal and teacher labor markets. In particular, his research explores the effect of accountability sanctions on principal turnover and compensation and the role race in the recruitment and selection of principals. Before his doctoral studies, Imeh worked for six years as a research associate in Washington, DC, where he managed and supported studies of youth development programs, and school reform centered on improving instructional practices. He received his BA in Computer Science from Brown University in 2001.