I am a Research Assistant Professor of Education and Public Policy at the University of Virginia with affiliations in EdPolicyWorks, the Nudge4 Solutions Lab, and the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy.
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. As part of EdPolicyWorks and Nudge4, I have worked closely with numerous public agencies and organizations including the Virginia Community College System.
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.