Megan
Collier

I am a first year sociology PhD student. I obtained my BA at the College of the Holy Cross (right down the road!) in Political Science and French and studied abroad in Strasbourg, France for a year, taking classes at the Institut Robert Schuman. After graduation, I spent a few months as a substitute teacher in Kibera outside of Nairobi, Kenya where I co-directed the journalism/photojournalism club, facilitated an income generation project, and organized a fundraiser for the students’ work. I also volunteered at an orphanage for young girls. I then worked in Washington, DC in child advocacy and then in higher education research. I graduated with my Masters of Science in Educational Policy from the University of Rochester in 2014. After graduation, I worked on Medicaid reform in New York State and have spent the last couple years in education policy research at the American Institutes for Research, focused mostly on early childhood and post-secondary school pathways and success. My research interests are in urban governance and inequality of opportunity (particularly in educational attainment).

I was born and raised in Rochester, New York. In my spare time, I like to play outside with my dog (rescue, Branca), travel, ski, and be by the ocean. I just moved back to the east coast from Chicago and have missed being by the ocean. I love desserts and am very much looking forward to being back in school!

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