Tiffany’s work focuses on how education policies can improve opportunities for underserved communities. Her current strands of research focus on early childhood policies, particularly childcare subsidies and the teacher workforce, and K-12 school choice. She uses causal inference and qualitative methodologies and works with community partners in research-practice partnership settings to help advance shared knowledge and support local communities.

  • Education Policy
  • Educational Equity
  • Causal Inference
  • Qualitative Methods
  • PhD in Education (Educational Policy and Social Context), 2025 (exp.)

    University of California, Irvine

  • MA in Education (Educational Policy and Social Context), 2023

    University of California, Irvine

  • MSc in Child Development and Education, 2018

    University of Oxford

  • BA in Psychology, 2017

    University of California, Irvine


Data Collection

Large-Scale Datasets


Qualitative Analysis


Improving the Quality and Supply of Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Providers: Evaluating the Impacts of the 2014 CCDF Block Grant Reauthorization ($100,000, Co-Investigator)

Working Papers

Under Review

Wu T., Villavicencio, A., Ponce Soria, V. Racial attitudes among Asian American parents and their influence on school choice. Forthcoming at Harvard Educational Review

Ponce Soria, V., Villavicencio, A., Wu T. Counter-narratives from Spanish and Chinese-speaking parents navigating school choice.


Introduction to Early Childhood Education
UCI Educ 106 (Undergraduate Course)
September 2020 – December 2020 Teaching Assistant
Multicultural Education in K-12 Schools
UCI Educ 124 (Undergraduate Course)
January 2021 – June 2021 Teaching Assistant, 2 quarters
Policy and Teaching
UCI Educ 243 (MAT)
June 2021 – August 2021 Teaching Assistant, 2 sections