Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar (MA ’96, PhD ’00), professor of law and the Deane F. Johnson Faculty Scholar, was appointed to the Department of Education’s Equality and Excellence Commission to examine school finance, its impact on educational opportunity, and the potential for improvement of equity and achievement through federal policies. Cuéllar’s scholarship has focused on the intersection of law, public policy, and political science. His experience includes work in two presidential administrations, and he is currently serving as a member of the Council of the Administrative Conference of the United States, having been appointed by the president in July 2010. He has conducted research on administrative law, executive power, and the implementation of regulatory, public safety, immigration, and international security responsibilities.