Matt began working with the Ray Marshall Center as a Social Science Research Associate in June, 2013. Prior to that, he worked as a graduate research assistant for the Education Research Center at the University of Texas (www.utaustinerc.org) for the past four years. During his time at the ERC he served as the lead data analyst on a number of projects, including a multiyear study of the postsecondary pathways and outcomes of Houston-area students and a quasi-experimental analysis of the impact of dual-credit coursetaking on students' college access and success rates. He is currently working on the Gulf States Project, a multiyear study funded by the Department of Labor investigating the impacts of a newly designed IT pathway program being implemented by a number of community colleges in Louisiana and Mississippi, as well as the Student Futures Project.
Matt earned his bachelor's degree in English from the University of Texas at Austin before completing a master's degree in educational policy, organization, and leadership studies from Stanford University. Matt is currently a doctoral candidate at UT-Austin in the educational policy and planning program in the department of education. His dissertation research seeks to estimate the influence of socioeconomic status on various stages in the postsecondary pathways of high-ability, low-income students. He hopes that his research will help to reduce socioeconomic disparities in postsecondary outcomes in order to promote a more just and equitable distribution of higher education.