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Tom entered the Public Policy Ph.D. program in 2017. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Boston College and a Masters in Social Work from UNC Chapel Hill.

Prior to enrolling in the Ph.D. program, Tom worked on applied research projects as a Social Research Specialist at the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute. In this role, Tom worked on several agency-driven evaluations of local educational, government, and social service programs.

Tom’s primary research interests concern the sociology of education and higher education policy. In particular, Tom is interested in educational stratification and transitions into and out of higher education.