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. Her dissertation research explores how students form friendships with peers from different socioeconomic backgrounds and how those ties mediate a student’s performance and future educational attainment.