I am a 4th year PhD student in Northwestern University’s Department of Statistics and a pre-doctoral fellow in the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) interdisciplinary research training program. My research is in meta-analysis and generalizability methods, particularly as applied to the sustainable development and education policy contexts. I’m actively involved in Northwestern’s Statistics for Evidence-Based Policy and Practice (STEPP) Center, led by Drs. Beth Tipton and Larry Hedges.
My overarching goal is to develop statistical methods to better facilitate evidence-based decision making for social good. Prior to pursuing my PhD, I worked for World Vision International, a large NGO that implements poverty alleviation programs in nearly 100 countries. The questions and obstacles to impact evaluation that I encountered in that context serve as the motivation for many of my current methodological interests.
I am passionate about teaching and statistics education, believing that data literacy is quickly becoming one of the most powerful and crucial skills necessary to be informed citizens and decision-makers in nearly every profession in the 21st century. I have enjoyed over 10 years of tutoring experience as well as TA and Supplemental Course Instructor experience at Olivet Nazarene University and Northwestern University. I look forward to a career in teaching and mentoring students, equipping them to harness the full potential of data for social good.
When I’m not doing statistics, you can find me at Northwestern’s gorgeous lakefront, biking, hammocking, reading, or indulging in good food. I am also actively involved in Northwestern’s Graduate Christian Fellowship as an exec board member and small group coordinator and in my local church.