Beth is a doctoral student at Harvard's Graduate School of Education and an Inequality and Social Policy doctoral fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School. She plans to graduate in May 2016 and to serve as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School for 2016-17. Beth also holds an M.A. in Politics and Education from Columbia University. Her research interests relate to the role of educational policies and programs in mitigating social inequality, with a focus on efforts to improve persistently low-performing K-12 schools in the U.S. Beth has explored these topics through two different strands of research. The first utilizes large administrative datasets to examine the politics and effects of school improvement policies. The second focuses on the development of survey tools that educational leaders and researchers can use to aid school improvement efforts. Beth formerly worked on legislative affairs for a New York City Councilmember representing West Harlem, Washington Heights and Inwood. Before moving to the East Coast, she was Director of Operations for an academic summer camp company based in California and coached competitive policy debate at the high school and college level.
Interests: Education policy, politics of education, social stratification, school and district turnaround, survey design