Elizabeth Iris Rivera Rodas is an economist with expertise in urban educational policy. She holds a joint Ph.D. in Economics and Urban Educational Policy from Rutgers University, a M.S. in Social Research from Hunter College at the City University of New York and a B.A. in Economics from Barnard College, Columbia University. Dr. Rivera Rodas is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Foundations in the College of Education and Human Services at Montclair State University. She has doctoral faculty status as recognition of her extensive work teaching and participating in the methodology courses in the College of Education and Human Services at Montclair State University.