Dr. Laura McNeal holds a Ph.D. in Education Administration and a Juris Doctorate degree. She is currently a Faculty Fellow at the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute at Harvard Law School where she conducts empirical research in the area of education law. Prior to her fellowship Laura served as a faculty member at Michigan State University and Georgia State University where she taught education law, policy, and curriculum courses. Her research interests examine the intersection of law and policy and how it shapes and influences education outcomes and effective school leadership. Dr. McNeal’s interests in urban youth and education policy require an interdisciplinary approach that is refreshingly new, theoretically rich, and methodologically rigorous. She can be followed on twitter @lauramcneal and on her website: www.drlauramcneal.com.