Elc Estrera is a first-year Public Policy PhD student. Elc (pronounced “Elk”) is interested in examining the impacts of structural inequalities and discrimination (of all sorts) on such things as school, health, labor market outcomes. He is especially interested in the application of rigorous quantitative analytic techniques to estimate these impacts. At present, Elc serves as a research assistant to Douglas Lauen on a project funded by the U.S. Department Institute of Education Sciences. The project’s aim is to develop propensity score models that accurately estimate the effects of Early College High Schools in North Carolina on standardized test scores, graduation rates, and post-secondary enrollment, among other outcomes. The accuracy of these estimates is assessed in comparison to estimates from a randomized controlled trial.


Prior to attending UNC, Elc supported a variety of projects as a researcher at NORC at the University of Chicago, within the Academic Research Centers in Hyde Park. He also has experience on the ground, as a teacher with Teach For America at a neighborhood school in New Orleans. He received a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Chicago.