Nations focuses her research on redistribution via education. She is interested in how voters and elected officials are influenced by racial inequalities and the nature of organizations as they make decisions about education funding. Nations currently serves as the Postdoctoral Fellow on the Democracy Project at UC San Diego, a research group studying voter support for municipal tax reform.
Discusses how public university boards determine tuition levels for college students in every state but New York and Florida. Argues that structural features of states and universities created beliefs about the types of policies that were appropriate in a given state, ultimately constraining politicians' decisions and leading them to reject the devolution of tuition authority to university boards.