Maureen Hallinan Graduate Student Paper Award (Winner, 2019)

for "Suspended Attitudes: Exclusion and Emotional Disengagement from School", American Educational Research Association

"This award is presented to a graduate student or junior faculty person (in the case that the paper was written as a graduate student and published subsequently) whose research shows exceptional promise and will likely influence the field over the course of his/her career."

David Lee Stevenson Graduate Student Paper Award (Honorable Mention, 2019)

for "Suspended Attitudes: Exclusion and Emotional Disengagement from School", American Sociological Association

"The Stevenson Award is for the best paper written by a graduate student in the field of sociology of education, and is awarded annually."



IES Predoctroal Fellow

"Since 2005, the Interdisciplinary Training Program in the Education Sciences at the University of Wisconsin- Madison (ITP) has been helping to address the need for skilled researchers who can carry out research that will provide solid evidence about what programs will most benefit our nation’s students. As one of a network of 20 pre-doctoral training programs funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences, the ITP is preparing a new generation of outstanding education science scholars. By drawing on the talents and research interests of over 20 outstanding campus scholars and pairing academic, professional, and financial supports with field research opportunities and practical experience, ITP offers a select group of doctoral students in economics, political science, psychology, social welfare, sociology, educational leadership & policy analysis, educational policy studies, and educational psychology the opportunity to learn how to design, carry out, and translate research on educational processes and educational improvement."


Institute for Research on Poverty

"The IRP Graduate Research Fellows (GRF) Program is conducted for Ph.D. students in the social sciences (e.g., Economics, Social Work, Sociology, Political Science and any related disciplines) who have an interest in poverty research and expect to complete a related dissertation. In selecting fellows, preference is given to those who receive financial support through IRP and/or are working with an IRP affiliate."


Other Recognition

Emerging Scholar (2019)

Mindset Scholars Network

Press for Research


"Five Ways Parents Can Help Their Kids Transition Smoothly to Middle School."

The Washington Post (August 27, 2019)

"How Grad Schools Became the Hidden Culprit Behind America's Student-Debt Crisis."

Business Insider (August 23, 2019)

"These Academics Spent $1.35 to make Middle School Less Awful. Here's How."

Time Magazine (July 30, 2019)

"Older Kids' Messages Can Make the Move to Middle School Less Daunting."

Education Week (March 12, 2019)

"Madison Pre-K Benefits Student Behavior and Literacy."

Wisconsin Public Radio (December 26, 2017)


"Report Finds MMSD 4K Enrollment Leads to Higher Literacy."

The Cap Times (December 22, 2017)


Madison School District’s 4K Program Boosting Opportunity for Minority, Low-Income Youngsters.”

Wisconsin State Journal (October 7, 2017)

How Students Emotions Affect Their Schooling.”

Education Week (April 16, 2016)