Her research focuses on college access, higher education policy, and K–12 to higher education transition.
She previously served as the inaugural 2016–17 American Educational Research Association (AERA)/American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Congressional Fellow on the Senate Budget Committee, where she worked on college affordability policy. She has also held postdoctoral and institutional research positions at University of Maryland and Loyola Marymount University.
Dr. Sablan received her Ph.D. in Urban Education Policy and M.A. in Economics from University of Southern California, and her B.A. in Political Science, B.A. in Social Policy, and Certificate in Advanced Leadership Studies from American University, where she was a Ronald E. McNair Scholar.