Marissa Thompson is an IES Postdoctoral Fellow with the Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. Her work focuses on the causes and consequences of racial and socioeconomic inequality, with an emphasis on understanding the role of education in producing disparate outcomes over the life-course. Marissa’s current research explores the Black gender gap in educational attainment, parental choice of segregated schools, and the causal effects of school district secession. She employs both descriptive and quasi-experimental quantitative methods using secondary data (such as longitudinal studies and large administrative databases) as well as novel primary data (such as nationally-representative survey experiments).
Marissa earned a Ph.D. in Education Policy and Sociology of Education from Stanford University, an M.A. in Sociology from Stanford, and an B.S.E in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.