I’m a scholar-activist committed to ameliorating inequities in college attainment.
My research and writing dissects the intended and unintended consequences of the college-for-all movement in the United States. In more than a dozen experimental, longitudinal, and mixed-methods studies, I’ve examined the efficacy and distributional implications of financial aid policies, welfare reform, transfer practices, and a range of interventions aimed at increasing college attainment among marginalized populations.
In 2013 I founded the Wisconsin HOPE Lab, the nation’s first and only research laboratory aimed at finding ways to make college affordable. While at Temple University, I continue to work with my team at the HOPE Lab on an array of initiatives such as addressing food and housing insecurity in higher education and examining the efficacy of “promise” initiatives that aim to make college free. Over the coming years, I will be creating a new research center at Temple University that will continue and expand upon my earlier work. I seek new partners, teammates, and funders for this effort, and would love to hear from you if that interests you.
I established the Faculty And Students Together (FAST) Fund to cut out the bureaucracy and put money in the hands of teachers around the country—the people on the front line of this fight—in order to get emergency dollars to students swiftly. Thanks to the Grawemeyer Award for Education I will be matching all donations to the FAST Fund at a rate of three-to-one starting today and I will continue to match your donations until I have spent down the entire $100,000 prize that comes with the award