Marissa E. Thompson is a postdoctoral fellow with the Education Policy Initiative at the Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on the causes and consequences of racial and socioeconomic inequality, with an emphasis on understanding the role of education in shaping disparate outcomes over the life-course. Methodologically, she employs descriptive and quasi-experimental quantitative methods using large national datasets, administrative data, survey data, and novel survey experiments. She earned a Ph.D. from Stanford University, an M.A. from Stanford University, and a B.S.E. from the University of Pennsylvania.