I am currently an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Policy Studies & Evaluation at the University of Kentucky, where I also hold secondary appointments in the Department of Sociology and Martin School of Public Policy. In my current work I examine the patterns of social inequalities that emerge in the education system, as well as the policies 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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