Elizabeth Burland is a doctoral candidate in sociology and public policy at the University of Michigan. Her research use multiple methods to study the factors that shape inequality of educational opportunity and the ability of public policies to reduce these inequalities. Elizabeth's current work focuses on how students make postsecondary decisions, how federal and local financial aid policies affect college going, and how educational inequality contributes to social stratification. Her dissertation includes a large, randomized-controlled trial as well as a longitudinal qualitative interview study to explore postsecondary decision making. Elizabeth received a bachelor's degree in public policy from the University of Delaware, and a master's degree in urban affairs and public policy from the University of Delaware. Previously, Elizabeth worked at the Institute for Public Administration at the University of Delaware as a research and staff support for the state of Delaware's Wilmington Education Improvement Commission.