Jacob Kirksey is a PhD candidate in the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education and a graduate research fellow with the National Science Foundation. Drawing from various perspectives and interdisciplinary frameworks in educational policy, Jacob's research examines unintended consequences in educational policy and focuses on frequently forgotten student populations (e.g. students with special needs). Trained as an economist, Jacob primarily uses quasi-experimental methods with large, secondary datasets. As an instructor, Jacob seeks to expand the way in which practitioners and policymakers use and interpret data in their decision-making.