Melissa J. Marschall (email@example.com) is Professor in the Department of Political Science. Her research focuses on urban politics, educational policy, political behavior, and representation. She has published articles in American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Educational Policy, Political Behavior, Social Science Quarterly, and Urban Affairs Review. Marschall is principal investigator of the Local Elections in America Project (LEAP) and also created and directs the Urban Lab program at Rice University. Her book Choosing Schools: Consumer Choice and the Quality of American Schools (Princeton University Press, 2000), co-authored with Mark Schneider and Paul Teske, received the Policy Studies Association Aaron Wildavsky Award for the Best Policy Book in 2000-2001.