Mai Miksic  is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she studies social welfare and education policy. Her current research focuses on early childhood education and family engagement. Broadly, her research interests have focused on the intersection between social, education, and family policies, with an emphasis on cultural and social capital. Her past research has examined the effects of No Child Left Behind on English language learners and immigrant children, the Black-White achievement gap, and the mediating effects of social capital on parent engagement levels in Head Start programs. She served as the Education Equity Research Fellow at the CUNY Institute for Education Policy, where she focused on bridging the gap between scholarly research and education policy and practice. She has taught research methods and statistics at Rutgers University, Hunter College, and Columbia University. She holds a B.A. in Social Welfare from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MSW from Columbia University.