Estela B. Diaz is a doctoral candidate and Paul F. Lazarsfeld Fellow at Columbia University in the Department of Sociology. Estela’s research interests center on issues of education, culture, elites, and inequality. Her current research examines the admissions process to private ongoing schools (i.e. Nursery, prekindergarten, or kindergarten through 12th grade), focusing on the entry processes for preschool and kindergarten. Prior to beginning her doctoral studies, Estela worked as an undergraduate admissions officer at Princeton University. She holds a MA in Sociology from Columbia University and a BA in Sociology (with honors in sociology) from Princeton University. Her work is supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program and the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program.