Emily Germain is a Ph.D. candidate in Educational Policy and Planning at The University of Texas at Austin. She earned her B.A. in American Studies from Barnard College and an M.A. in the Teaching of Social Studies from Teachers College. Prior to attending UT Austin, she taught history and English for six years at a public school in the Bronx and a charter school in Austin. Her research focuses on the workings of recent market-based reforms in education and their implications for equity; the relationship between community agency and improving life outcomes for low-income students and families; geography, equity, and opportunity; and sustainable development.