I am currently an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Policy Studies & Evaluation and Department of Sociology at the University of Kentucky. My research interests cut across the fields of sociology and public policy. In my current work I examine the processes and structures through which social inequalities emerge in the education system, as well as the policies and practices that can transform these inequalities to close opportunity gaps and facilitate upward social mobility. These research interests cover a wide variety of policy applications, ranging from student achievement, college access, high school to college transitions, and postsecondary persistence and attainment. To investigate these problems I utilize relational theories and methods from social network analysis, field studies, and more traditional forms of statistical modeling common across the social sciences.
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