Rachel D. Upton is a researcher at AIR. She was a 2012 AERA-AIR post-doctoral research fellow. Dr. Upton's fellowship involves data analyses for a several nationally recognized projects. During her graduate work at the University of North Carolina, Rachel worked as an assistant for the Educational Diversity Project, a national study of law school students. Findings from the EDP data were reported in an amicus brief before the United States Supreme Court in Fisher v. University of Texas.
Dr. Upton has several publications in Child Development, Psychology of Women Quarterly, and other peer-reviewed academic journals. She is currently working on a publishable manuscript based on results from her dissertation, titled, “Validation and Examination of the Educational Benefits of Informal Interactional Diversity Using a National Sample of Incoming Black Students.”