Who We Are

Dave Reid
David Casalaspi
Senior Editor
Editor of Accountability and Assessment
David is a fourth-year student in the Educational Policy Ph.D. Program.  Before beginning his graduate studies, he attended the University of Virginia, where he received his B.A. in History and spent his senior year completing a thesis on the rise of federal accountability policy between 1989 and 2002.  Additionally, while at UVA, David designed and taught a seminar for undergraduates on the political history of the American education system and also received some practical experience with policymaking through work with the City Council of Charlottesville, VA.  His current research focuses on the politics and history of education, and particularly the way that education rhetoric and issue framing efforts affect the implementation of school reforms.  He is also interested in the democratic effects of school reforms.
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Amy Auletto
Editor of Teachers and Teacher Quality
Amy is a doctoral student in Educational Policy. She is interested in the impact that equitable funding and access to effective teachers have on the educational outcomes of disadvantaged student populations. Prior to beginning her studies at Michigan State University, she taught middle school math in Detroit. Amy earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology, master of Social Work, and MA in educational studies from the University of Michigan.


Dirk F. Zuschlag
Editor of Governance and Finance
Dirk is a second-year education policy doctoral student. His research interests involve the interaction of teacher professionalism and accountability policies. Prior to entering MSU, Dirk taught public high school social studies for sixteen years and served as a learning coach and staff developer. He also spent thirteen years practicing law earlier in his career. He has a J.D. and an M.A. in Education from the University of Michigan, as well as a B.A. from Duke University.


Jessica Landgraf
Editor of Issues in PreK-16
Jessica entered the Educational Policy program in the Fall of 2015.  As a former early childhood educator, her research interests focus on early childhood education and development policy, particularly the ways in which such policies move through or are blocked by the political system.  Before coming to Michigan State University for her Ph.D., Jessica completed a B.A. in Elementary Education from Saint Mary’s College and an M.A. in Early Childhood Education from the University of Michigan.


Nancy Duchesneau
Editor of Governance and Finance
Prior to joining the Education Policy Ph.D. program, Nancy utilized her B.S. in psychology by working as a private in-home tutor and a sub-contracted tutor in public schools. Currently in her third year, Nancy’s research interests stem from the belief that education must work in tandem with other policy areas, yet must also provide a base level of holistic support to all students. Topics of interest include social-emotional learning, in-school health programs, accountability, and equity.