I am a PhD candidate in sociology finishing up my degree at the University of California, Berkeley. My work engages the history of social science theories and methods as a window into the politics of race and social policy. My dissertation project examines this relationship within the politics of urban school desegregation in the 1960s. I argue that new government-sponsored research on race and education, originally intended to support progressive education reform, actually narrowed the framing and scope of school desegregation, driving a wedge between activist demands and official calls to end segregation. My other work compliments this line of inquiry, including a working paper that examines the legacy of the politics of school desegregation for contemporary models of urban school reform. I am currently preparing an article manuscript on the political history of experimental design in welfare policy evaluation research.