Eliza Epstein is a doctoral student studying education policy at The University of Texas at Austin. In the summer of 2017 she was named an Archer Graduate Fellow and worked in the Innovation Lab Network at the Council of Chief State School Officers in Washington, D.C. At UT, she has done extensive work studying community college transitions, both as a graduate research assistant at the Charles Dana Center and on a multi-year, mixed-methods study funded by the Greater Texas Foundation. She holds bachelor’s degrees in Spanish and history from Rutgers University and a master’s degree in Social Science and Comparative Education from UCLA. Before her graduate work, she left a decade-long career as a film editor to teach high school English and coach track in Los Angeles. Her predominant research interest is educational equity through mechanisms such as choice, teacher development, school/community partnerships, and student-centered teaching and learning. After graduation, she will continue her research and work to advance policies that support educational equity.