Michael Scott is a Ph.D. candidate in the Educational Policy and Planning program in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy and a graduate research trainee at the Population Research Center. He graduated from the University of Virginia with a bachelor's degree in Spanish and history and a master's degree in teaching. He later completed a master's degree in Spanish linguistics from Middlebury College. His research uses the geographic principle of place to explore mechanisms of policy as they affect students of historically marginalized backgrounds. In doing so, he interrogates policies and practices related to both schools and communities employing both ethnographic and quantitative methods. His dissertation project examines the experiences of adolescents displaced by gentrification. He is involved in other research that examines the geography of school choice, as well as the role of education in health outcomes. Most recently, he was awarded a University Graduate Continuing Fellowship for the 2018-2019 academic year.