Mona Vakilifathi is an Assistant Professor at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service who will be joining this Fall 2017.
Mona's research interests include U.S. state politics, lawmaking, and charter schools. Her research connects the effect of politics in the statehouse to K-12 education outcomes by the degree of policy discretion state politicians grant to the bureaucracy. She has worked at the Center for Education Policy Analysis and Policy Analysis for California Education at Stanford University. In addition, Mona has worked as a consultant and a fellow for the San Diego Unified School District, the New Jersey State Department of Education, the New York City Department of Education, and the California Assembly Committee on Education.
Mona received her Ph.D. and her Bachelor’s in Political Science at the University of California, San Diego.