Jean Ayscue's research interests focus on desegregation in K-12 schools and the role of policy in shaping students’ access to diverse and equitable educational opportunities. Her previous work has explored expanding access, equity, and diversity in magnet schools, suburban school responses to increasing racial diversity, school segregation trends in the Eastern states, and segregation in charter schools. She earned a Ph.D. in Education from University of California, Los Angeles, an M.A. in Social Sciences in Education from Stanford University, and a B.A. in Elementary Education from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She taught elementary school in East Palo Alto, California and Charlotte, North Carolina.