Mai Miksic is a PhD candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she studies social welfare and education policy with emphasis on early childhood education and family engagement. Her research focuses on the intersection between social, education, and family policies, with emphasis on cultural and social capital. Her previous research 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 helped bridge 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. Ms. Miksic holds a BA in social welfare from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an MSW from the Columbia School of Social Work.