I am currently Director of Evaluation at Teaching Trust. Teaching Trust builds current and aspiring school leaders and their teams to create robust plans for school improvement in Dallas, Texas.
I graduated with my PhD in Human Ecology with a focus in Human Development and Family Studies, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I earned my Master of Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Human Ecology and my Bachelor’s from Harvard College in Sociology.
My research has focused on two main themes. First, I have studied first-generation college graduates in an effort to understand how college shapes the lives of individuals and their families. My dissertation advisor was Sarah Halpern-Meekin. Along this line of inquiry, I also collaborated on research with the Arizona Life Success Study, the Peer Relations Study Group, and the Center for Research on College-Workforce Transitions.
Second, I have been committed to building connections between research and policy through a study of legislators’ research use, with Karen Bogenschneider. I also created translational documents for policymakers and the public. To this end, I have worked as a Project Assistant for the Family Impact Institute and Project Assistant at the Money, Relationships, and Equality (MORE) initiative.
I have been a Teaching Assistant for the courses A Family Perspective in Policymaking and Consuming Happiness. I have also mentored students through Forward Learning Youth and Young Adults, the Harvard First-Generation Alumni, and Youth Enrichment Services.
As a practitioner, I have directed afterschool and summer enrichment programs in the Chinatown and East Cambridge neighborhoods, at The Phillips Brooks House Association (PBHA). I was also the Harvard Club of Boston Nonprofit Management Fellow at PBHA. I worked as Somerville Program Coordinator for The Center for Teen Empowerment, a leadership organization that hires teens as youth organizers to implement personal and community change through the performing arts. I have also worked at the National Council on Crime and Delinquency and Briarpatch Youth Services.