Justina Judy began the doctoral program in Educational Policy in the
Fall of 2009. She earned her bachelor’s degrees in Political
Science and Economics at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
During her undergraduate experience at the University of Missouri, she
had the opportunity to intern with the state legislature and assist in
drafting a new education funding formula for Missouri. She also
studied comparative education policies within “red” and “blue” states
and completed a senior research project on how special education policy
has evolved in the U.S.
After completing her undergraduate education, she joined the Teach for
America program and taught in Houston, Texas where she was named her
school’s Teacher of the Year in 2009. At Michigan State
University, she is generously supported by an IES Doctoral Training
grant for a specialization in economics of education. Her
research interests include teacher labor market issues such as mobility
and retention of teachers in high-need districts, effectiveness and
impacts of teacher incentive-pay programs, and how accountability
policies affect teacher motivation and success. She is currently
a research assistant for the College Ambition Program (CAP).