Michal Kurlaender is an Associate Professor at the School of Education at UC Davis. She investigates students’ educational pathways, in particular K-12 and postsecondary alignment, and access to and success in college. Kurlaender has expertise on alternative pathways to college and on college readiness at both community colleges and four-year colleges and universities. In addition to working with national data, she works closely with administrative data from all three of California’s public higher education sectors: the California State University, the California Community Colleges, and the University of California. Kurlaender also studies the impact of socioeconomic and racial and ethnic diversity on student outcomes in both K-12 and higher education settings. She received her doctorate from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education in 2005. She serves on the executive committee of the UC Davis Center for Poverty Research, is the UC Davis site director of the UC Educational Evaluation Center, and is a researcher with the Center for Analysis of Postsecondary Education and Employment at Teachers College, Columbia University.