I am currently an assistant professor of higher education at the University of Massachusetts-Boston.

My research examines how higher education policies and practice provide (and limit) students' opportunities to earn a credential. Of particular interest is how students pay for college - through traditional financial aid, employment, and other resources - and the implications for students' academic and long-term success. Methodologically, I use a variety of statistical and econometric methods to examine these questions around college affordability and policy effectiveness.

My research interests are informed by prior experience as the director of policy and research at the New England Board of Higher Education. In that role, I managed demonstration projects with public higher education institutions and advised state educational agencies, legistlatures, and governor's offices on issues pertaining to state financial aid, developmental education, and college transfer. I also served as an AmeriCorps member at Burlington County College, a public two-year institution in New Jersey. I hold a Masters in Higher Education from Harvard University and a baccalaureate degree in Biochemistry from Barnard College.