Welcome & Introduction

I am an Assistant Professor in the Education Policy and Leadership department at Southern Methodist University (SMU).  I hold a PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an MSc. in Social Policy & Planning from the London School of Economics and Political Science, an MSc. in Teaching from Pace University through New York City Teaching Fellows Program, and a B.A. in History from Brown University.

My research interests include student/family homelessness, poverty & inequality, school mobility, urban education, suburban poverty, social policy, and educational leadership.

More specifically, I focus on the ways in which wide-ranging policies and the actions of schools and communities mold the schooling experiences of homeless, highly mobile, and low-income families.  In order to understand education in the context of poverty and homelessness, I often examine the interrelationships between schools and out-of-school actors, policies, and places.  Across my research, I emphasize that addressing family poverty and homelessness is a cross-sector task that requires attention to the broader context.  My scholarship seeks to extend the field by providing an in-depth look at the educational needs and assets of families experiencing poverty and homelessness amid today’s multifaceted and complex policy environment.

I commonly employ qualitative methods in my work and garner insights from sociological theories.  With that said, I have experience designing and analyzing survey data and working with longitudinal school district data.

Alongside my work in urban settings, and informed by a small, but growing body of literature on suburban poverty, I have begun to examine poverty and student homelessness in diverse geographic spaces.

If you would like to learn more about my work, please explore my website.  My contact information can be found at the bottom of this page.


My research interests are rooted in my early professional experiences as a high school social studies teacher in Brooklyn, NY.  While I taught my students how the resources of the fertile crescent helped shape some of the earliest (although certainly not the only!) human civilizations, my students taught me to critically consider how diverse out … Continue reading Background

Publications & Presentations

My work can be found in Urban Education, The Urban Review, The International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education (QSE), Theory into Practice, and Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership.  I commonly attend and present at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA), but I am always looking for new spaces … Continue reading Publications & Presentations

Teaching & Mentoring

I will be teaching courses at SMU starting in Spring 2016. I served as a teaching assistant for six semesters at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  I have lectured, moderated discussions, and created classroom activities for five different Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis courses.  These include: Introduction to Leadership (Fall 2014) Homelessness, Schools & Communities (Fall … Continue reading Teaching & Mentoring


I am often involved in a number of professional and community service projects.  Recently, I have served in leadership positions related to the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA). Outside of professional service, I have mentored low income students through the college application process and volunteered as a … Continue reading Service

Research & Policy

My dissertation examined education in the diverse contexts of poverty, homelessness, and mobility.  It emphasized the ways in which residential space (such as shelter, doubling up with friends, or living in independent arrangements) and geographic place (urban and suburban) shaped educational opportunities and experiences for homeless and highly mobile students and families. Check back soon … Continue reading Research & Policy

CV & Links

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