Elc Estrera entered the Public Policy PhD program in Fall 2016. He is interested in education policy research and evaluation at all points of the life course–early childhood through young adulthood. He is also interested in research design and quasi-experimental methods. Prior to attending UNC, Elc worked at NORC at the University of Chicago, in the Academic Research Centers. He also taught with Teach For America at a traditional public school in post-Katrina New Orleans. He earned an MPP from the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, an MA in philosophy from Virginia Tech, and a BA in biology and philosophy from Goucher College.