PhD Student

About David McMillon

David McMillon is a PhD student at the Harris School of Public Policy. Motivated by the notion that reducing systemic disadvantage requires systems thinking, he focuses on the application of complex systems theory to policy issues that impact disadvantaged groups.  Specifically, his dissertation involves three interrelated studies that illustrate how a systems perspective can lead to policies that help dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline in ways that would not be obvious under dominant research paradigms.  To operationalize these ideas he combines his econometric training in the Harris School's PhD core with his former training in applied mathematics and operations research as a Master's student at the University of Michigan.