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I am an Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. I work at the intersection of child development, education, and social policy.  

I study how children's early educational experiences affect their learning and development, and how policies and programs can improve these experiences, particularly for underserved children.


I focus on two primary areas related to child development: family poverty, and educational experiences and school-based interventions. Both areas incorporate applied research by using social interventions to promote children's well-being. 

Our new edited volumeLearning at the Bottom of the Pyramid:Science, Measurement, and Policy in Low-income Countries, is out, published by IIEP-UNESCO with perspectives from 36 experts in the field. The full book can be downloaded here.