About Me

I’ve completed my Ph.D. in the Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education (HALE) program at Michigan State University. I am currently serving as a postdoctoral research fellow in the Rackham Office of Institutional Research at The University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. My research interests include higher education policy, institutional philanthropy, and graduate student success for underserved and underrepresented communities.

My dissertation empirically investigated the influence of major foundations in the college completion agenda, drawing on descriptive and inferential statistics, social network analysis, and semi-structured interviews to examine foundation-led strategies. Such processes are rarely examined in a robust or systematic way. Indeed, many simply take the influence of philanthropy for granted or fail to notice its active presence in public policymaking. Specifically, my dissertation pushes the formal boundaries of policy-oriented work by examining the role of informal actors in educational reform.

I have worked on projects which investigated the influence of philanthropic foundations on non-profit organizations, the role of funders in academic labor markets, and the relationship between intermediary entities and educational systems. More recently, I’ve worked on projects that examined how scholarly organizations sponsored by philanthropists shape doctoral student experiences, with a focus on the career outcomes of humanists. Currently, I am working on The Michigan Doctoral Experience Study (MDES), an ongoing study of the Ph.D. student experiences at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. MDES is one of the few quantitative studies capturing socialization processes, intending to understand how students develop from knowledge consumers to knowledge producers.