Lorien Rice is a Professor of Economics at Mills College. Before joining academia, she completed her PhD in Economics at UC San Diego, and worked as a Research Fellow for the Public Policy Institute of California. Dr. Rice’s work has focused on identifying barriers to equality in access to education and jobs. She has investigated inequalities in resources and outcomes in the public schools, looking at differences by race and gender. She has also studied the effects of school choice programs on racial integration, and the demographics of voter support for integrative student assignment systems. Her research on transportation has measured the effect of car ownership and public transportation quality on the probability of being employed. Prior to graduate school, she worked for MDRC in New York evaluating government programs, and she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco as a socio-economic planner.