Leslie Finger is a second year Ph.D. student in the Department of Government. She is originally from New Rochelle, NY. She switched coasts to attend Stanford University, where she studied international relations and Latin American studies, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and with honors. Her thesis, which focused on the ideological transformation of the Chilean Socialist Party, was awarded the Firestone Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Research. After graduation, she joined Teach for America and worked for three years in Washington Heights, NY, where she taught middle school bilingual language arts and social studies. Her current research interests include the political economy of education, teacher's unions, political participation in Latin America, and education systems in Latin America.