Dr. Shantá R. Robinson is a Senior Research Director at the Inclusive Economy Lab. She holds a BA in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Asheville and an MA in Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Shantá earned a PhD in Educational Policy and Foundations at the University of Michigan where she specialized in empirical investigations of marginalized student achievement and underachievement; inequities in the distribution of educational resources; and the history, culture, and social organization of K-12 educational institutions. She began her professional career as a high school history teacher in North Carolina.