I've been lucky enough to attend some of the finest public schools in the world. The International Academy gave me a deeper understanding of the world around me, a more sophisticated and inquisitive way of thinking, and my first exposure to the subject of economics. The University of Michigan introduced me to world-class mentors and showed me all the things that economics can do, uniting academic research with policy and public engagement. Both of these schools have been ranked as the best public school in the United States at some point while I attended them, and deservingly so.
My goal is to use the skills, lessons, and opportunities that those great schools have given me to pay it forward, conducting policy-relevant empirical research in education that can help more children in future generations have access to a top-notch public education like I've had. Using the tools and frame of reference of labor economics, I want to continue to study important questions in all facets of education policy, especially those related to the transition between high school and college or the interplay between local labor market conditions and educational outcomes.