Graduate Students

Ben Stenhaug

Ben ( is a doctoral student in the Developmental and Psychological Sciences program at Stanford University. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2012 with a B.S. in Economics, Statistics, and Mathematics. He then taught high school math in Warren County, North Carolina as a Teach for America corp member, designed and analyzed math content for Khan Academy, and spent a year traveling. His research interests include psychometrics, learning effectiveness in online education, and early child development.

Heewon Jang

Heewon ( is a doctoral student studying educational policy at Stanford University and a recipient of the fellowship from the Korea Foundation for Advanced Studies. Her research interests include socioeconomic residential segregation, the role of schools in closing the achievement gap, and the relationship between parental involvement in early childhood and later academic outcomes.

Monica Lee

Monica Lee is a doctoral student in Educational Policy and an IES Fellow. She earned her M.Ed. in Education Policy and Management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and her B.S. in Human and Organizational Development from Vanderbilt University. Before Stanford, Monica was a Research Fellow at the Student Social Support R&D Lab at Harvard Kennedy School.

Sam Trejo

Sam ( is a doctoral student in the Economics of Education program at the Stanford Graduate School of Education. He graduated from The University of Texas in 2016 with a B.A. in Plan II Honors and Economics. Sam's specializes in quantitative methods and his research interests include Higher Education, Access & Equity, Behavioral Models, and Applied Econometrics.

Nidia Ruedas-Gracia

Nidia ( is doctoral student in Developmental and Psychological Sciences at Stanford University. She earned a BA from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in Psychology and Sociology. Nidia also earned a MA from New York University (NYU) in Human Development and Social Intervention. Her advisors are Drs. Teresa LaFromboise and Eric Bettinger.

Rebecca Gleit

Rebecca ( is a doctoral student in Sociology and an IES fellow. She earned her BS in Mathematics from the University of Michigan and a M.Ed. in Educational Policy and Leadership from Marquette University. Before coming to Stanford, she taught high school math in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Monique Markoff

Monique Markoff is in the Math Education program in CTE and also an IES Fellow. She earned a BS in Human Development from Cornell University in 2006 and a M.Ed in School Leadership from Harvard University in 2011. Before Stanford Monique was a middle school administrator, teaching coach and math/science teacher in San Jose, CA. Her advisors are Jo Boaler and Sean Reardon. Her research interests include equitable math practices, charter schools, and the racial and socioeconomic disparities in environmental access and stewardship.

Diana Mercado-Garcia

Diana ( is a doctoral candidate in Education Policy and Sociology of Education at Stanford University as well as an IES fellow. Before coming to Stanford, she worked at the American Institutes for Research (AIR) for four years on pre-K-12 education research. Her research interests relate to five main areas: English language learners, education policy, organizational change, school finance, and social inequality.

Luana Marotta

Luana Marotta ( is a doctoral candidate in Sociology of Education and International Comparative Education at Stanford University. Previously she earned a bachelor degree in Social Sciences at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG-Brazil), a M.A. degree in Sociology at the University of New Brunswick (UNB-Canada), and a M.A. degree in International Comparative Education at Stanford University.

Leonardo Rosa

Leonardo ( is a doctoral student in the Economics of Education at Stanford University. He holds an M.A. in Economics from University of Sao Paulo. His current research interests include teacher labor markets, early childhood education, education finance, and microeconometrics methods.