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Judy, Justina

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).