Michael Scott is an adjunct instructor of research methods in the EPL program at American University. He is also a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy at The University of Texas at Austin, with a graduate portfolio in applied statistical modeling. His research uses the geographic principle of place to explore mechanisms of policies as they affect students of historically marginalized backgrounds. In doing so, he interrogates policies and practices related to both schools and communities employing both ethnographic and quantitative methods. His dissertation project examines the experiences of adolescents displaced by gentrification. He is involved in other research that examines the geography of school choice, as well as the role of education in health outcomes. In the summer of 2017, he was a Bill Archer Graduate Fellow with the University of Texas System, where he spent the summer working as an intern with the National Center for Education Research, a center of the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education. In the summer of 2018, he was a scholar of educational research at the Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research at the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), University of Michigan.