Last spring, I graduated from Benilde-St. Margaret's High School in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. I am currently a freshman at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, undecided in major but leaning towards an English or Sociology major with a certificate in Integrated Marketing Communications from NU's Medill School of Journalism. So far in college, I have taken courses in Psychology, upper-level Calculus, English,Spanish, and Economics. I'm also an avid Twins fan and love to dance.
For the past 20 years, I have been engaged as an educational researcher, evaluator and professor of educational policy. Areas of expertise include education reform, policy implementation and effectiveness, post-secondary attainment and socio-economic disadvantage. My publications address the social institutions and policies designed to promote educational advancement for students, especially the socially disadvantaged. Teaching and research associations over the past 20 years include the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign, University of Minnesota and Stanford University. I hold a Ph. D. and M.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a B.A. from Lawrence University.