My research interests center on the policies and practices that affect students who attend community colleges and broad access universities. In my work I have focused on the relationships between online course delivery and student enrollments, course outcomes, and degree attainment; how students weigh factors like distance and cost when choosing a college; and the economic and social outcomes of college attendance.

I am the author and maintainer of a number of software packages, including rscorecard, which can be used to download data from the College Scorecard; crosswalkr, a port of a set of Stata commands that help build master data sets from smaller files in a reproducible manner; duawranglr, a set of functions to help users create shareable data sets from protected data files according to a data use agreement; and GitRoom Manager, a program that allows instructors to more easily manage a GitHub-based virtual classroom from the command line.

I earned my doctorate in leadership and policy studies from Vanderbilt University in 2017, master’s from the University of Chicago in 2008, and bachelor’s from Vanderbilt in 2006.