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Maryland Equity Project (MEP)

Meet Our Staff

 

Center Leadership

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Faculty Director: David Blazar
dblazar@umd.edu

Robert Croninger

Co-Founder: Robert Croninger
croninge@umd.edu

Gail Sunderman

Co-Founder: Gail Sunderman
gsunderm@umd.edu

Faculty Collaborators

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Michel Boudreaux: collaborators

Michel Boudreaux

Michel Boudreaux
mhb@umd.edu

Tara Brown

 Tara Brown   
tmbrown@umd.edu

Claudia Galindo

Claudia Galindo
galindo@umd.edu

Steven Klees

Steven Klees
sklees@umd.edu

Jing Liu

Jing Liu
jliu28@umd.edu

ROSSINA ZAMORA LIU

Rossina Zamora Liu
rzliu@umd.edu

Betty Malen

Betty Malen 
malen@umd.edu

Jennifer King Rice

Jennifer King Rice

MEP Speaker_Dr. Sophia Rodriguez

Sophia Rodriguez
srodrig4@umd.edu

Campbell Scribner

Campbell Scribner
cfscrib@umd.edu

Marvin Titus

Marvin Titus
mititus@umd.edu

Jennifer Turner

Jennifer Turner
jdturner@umd.edu

Graduate Students

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Kayla Bill

Kayla Bill
kaymbill@gmail.com 

Kayla Bill is a doctoral candidate in Education Policy and Leadership at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her research uses mixed methods to examine issues of equity in U.S. education systems, with a focus on how political dynamics shape the advancement and outcomes of policies intended to redress racial inequities. She earned her M.S. in Sport and Exercise Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and her B.S. in Health and Exercise Science from Syracuse University.

Shilpa Bista

Shilpa Bista
sbista@terpmail.umd.edu

Shilpa is a research assistant with the Maryland Equity Project and fourth-year Ph.D student in the Education Policy and Leadership Program. She received her M.A. in Economics from Vanderbilt University. Her research interests are related to the different educational, familial and sociocultural factors that contribute to intergenerational persistence of inequality and social status in America.

Nandi Carson

Nandi Carson
nandi.c@hotmail.com

Nandi is a Spelman College Alumnae (C’O 2021)  and current Doctoral Student in Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership with a Specialization in Education Policy and Leadership at the University of Maryland. She plans to investigate per-pupil-spending and financial investments for students in public schools; looking at the benefits to student achievement, access to resources and programming, school learning environments, parent involvement and teacher satisfaction/ burnout. 

Wenjing Gao

Wenjing Gao
wgao12@terpmail.umd.edu

Wenjing is a doctoral student in Education Policy at the University of Maryland. She desires to improve educational opportunities for underprovided students in K-12 education. Her primary research interests are exclusionary discipline, early childhood education, and the transition from secondary to higher education. Prior to starting her Ph.D., Wenjing received a M.A. in Public Administration at UMD and a M.A. in Business English Studies at Guangdong University of Foreign Studies. 

Francisco Lagos

Francisco Lagos
flagosm@umd.edu

Francisco is a doctoral student in Education Policy at the University of Maryland, where he is also completing a Certificate in Population Studies through the Maryland Population Research Center. His research focuses on the causes and consequences of educational inequality, both in developed and developing countries. Francisco’s work characterizes the dynamics of educational stratification; exploits different sources of exogenous variation to identify plausible determinants of between-school segregation; and investigates the consequences associated with changes in the composition of schools on educational and social outcomes.

Doug McNamara

Doug McNamara
dmcnama1@umd.edu

Doug McNamara is a doctoral student in Teacher Education/Professional Development at the University of Maryland, College Park. He received his M.Ed. from the University of Maryland in 2017. His research focuses on measuring the effectiveness of instructional coaching and professional development programs using quantitative methods. He is a former high-school math teacher.

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Danett Song
dsong619@umd.edu

Danett is a research assistant with the Maryland Equity Project and second-year Ph.D student in the Education Policy and Leadership Program. She received her M.A. in Public Policy from Georgetown University, and her research interests broadly focus on bilingual education, second language acquisition, and heritage language education.

Antoinette J. Waller

Antoinette J. Waller
ajwaller@umd.edu

Antoinette is a doctoral student in Education Policy and Leadership and works as a research assistant with the Maryland Equity Project. She received her B.S. in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Virginia Commonwealth University, and then went on to receive her M.S. in Family, Youth, and Community Sciences from the University of Florida. Utilizing quantitative and qualitative methods, her research examines the intersections of race and class on students schooling experiences, policies and practices that improve educational access and opportunity for mininortized students (i.e university-school partnerships), and exclusionary discipline practices. Antoinette’s work as a scholar aims to promote equity and use high-quality research to inform decisions and policies that students and their families can discern in their everyday lives.

Jiehui Zhao

Jiehui Zhao
jzhao126@umd.edu

Jiehui is a research assistant with the Maryland Equity Project and a doctoral student in the Education Policy and Leadership Program. She received her M.A. in Educational Theory and Policy from The Pennsylvania State University in 2019. Before studying in the U.S., she obtained her M.A. in Higher Education from Fudan University, China. Her research interests include sociology of education, educational inequality, social and cultural context’s influence on family practices, schooling, and student academic achievement.

Xiaoxue Zhou

Xiaoxue Zhou
xxzhou@umd.edu

Xiaoxue is a research assistant with the Maryland Equity Project and second-year Ph.D student in the TLL(Technology, Learning and Leadership) Program. Before starting her study in University of Maryland, she worked as a senior research data analyst in Johns Hopkins University for about four years. She owns two master's degrees in science and a bachelor's degree in Engineering. Her research interests include computer science education, data science education, education workforce, education policy, and student achievement assessment.