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.

Elizabeth 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.

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.

Ashlyn Aiko 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.

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.

Alicia Grunow

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.

Tassia Cruz

Tassia ( is a doctoral student in the Economics of Education program. Before coming to Stanford, Tassia worked for the World Bank in teacher incentives impact evaluations, early childhood programs and classroom observation methods in Latin America and Caribbean, working mainly with Brazil. She received a B.A. in Economics from Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Her current research interests focus on teachers labor market.

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.

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.

Tara Béteille

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.