I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Economics at Michigan State University. I recieved an M.A. in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin and a B.S. in Applied Mathematics from Auburn University. I spent 6 years in the U.S. Army as a Technical Engineer Specialist. My research interests include the economics of education, applied econometrics, public policy, and labor economics.
The focal point of my dissertation is to further the understanding of how each teacher’s contribution to a student’s success may vary. I explore how the racial composition of teachers impacts student test scores, behavioral outcomes (with Ijun Lai), and long-run outcomes (e.g. high school graduation and college enrollment). I also compare the effectiveness of teachers towards students with and without disabilities (with Ijun Lai, Scott Imberman, Katharine Strunk, and Nathan Jones).
I am also a Graduate Assistant for MSU’s Education Policy Innovation Collaborative. My current work focuses on the impacts that inter- and intra-district school choice has on students with a particular focus on TPS and charter school openings (with Danielle Edwards-Sanderson).
I will be on the job market during the 2020-2021 academic year. My job market paper finds that students in the Los Angeles Unified School District benefit in terms of test scores when the racial compostion of faculty members (i.e. teachers that do not share a classroom with the student) matches the student’s own race.