Marissa Thompson

Marissa Thompson

Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow at the Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan

Marissa is an IES postdoctoral fellow with the Education Policy Initiative at the Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. In 2022, she will join the Department of Sociology at Columbia University as an assistant professor.

While a doctoral student at Stanford, Marissa was an predoctoral IES fellow and a recipient of the Stanford Graduate Fellowship (SGF) in Science and Engineering. She earned a Ph.D. in Sociology of Education and Education Policy in 2021. Her current research focuses on the causes and consequences of racial and socioeconomic inequality, with an emphasis on understanding the role of education in producing disparate outcomes over the life-course. She employs both descriptive and quasi-experimental methods using secondary data (such as longitudinal studies and large administrative databases) as well as novel primary data (such as nationally-representative survey experiments).

In addition, Marissa holds an M.A. in Sociology (2019) from Stanford, and a B.S.E. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (2016) from the University of Pennsylvania.

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