PhD A-Z

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    • Arely L. Acuña Avilez
      Rossier Dean's Fellowship
      Advisors
      • Kezar, Adrianna
      Research Interests

      College access for historically underrepesented students; academic persistence of Latinx college students; civic engagement through student organizations; educational experiences of immigrant and undocumented youth

    • Taylor N. Allbright
      Rossier Dean's Fellowship
      Advisors
      • Marsh, Julie
      Research Interests

      educational equity; race and education; organizational and institutional theory; policy design; implementation; finance; accountability; instructional reform; qualitative research methods

    • Samantha Astudillo
      Rossier Dean's Fellowship
      Advisors
      • Melguizo, Tatiana
      Research Interests
      • College access, persistence, and completion 
      • Low-income, first-generation students 
      • Higher education policy
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    • Samantha Bernstein
      Rossier Dean's Fellowship
      Advisors
      • Kezar, Adrianna
      Research Interests

      Technology and intellectual property in higher education, open access publishing, faculty rights, globalization and human rights

    • Sharla Berry
      Rossier Dean's Fellowship
      Advisors
      • Melguizo, Tatiana
      • Sundt, Melora
      Research Interests

      educational technologies, online learning, technology in higher education, community building in online platforms   

    • Paul Bruno
      Advisors
      • Polikoff, Morgan
      • Strunk, Katharine
      Research Interests

      teacher quality, teacher labor markets, collective bargaining, school finance

    • Susan C. Bush-Mecenas
      USC Provost's PhD Fellowship
      Advisors
      • Marsh, Julie
      Research Interests

      organizational learning, capacity building, accountability, school district reform, district central offices

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    • Shauna Campbell
      USC Provost's PhD Fellowship
      Advisors
      • Polikoff, Morgan
      Research Interests

      Standards-based reform; teacher efficacy and autonomy; gifted education

    • W. Edward Chi
      Rossier Dean's Fellowship
      Advisors
      • Melguizo, Tatiana
      Research Interests

      Higher educaiton policy; community colleges; college access and completion; academic and psychosocial/ socioemotional (noncognitive) development and measurement; educational interventions; program evaluation

    • Cheryl D. Ching
      USC Provost's PhD Fellowship
      Advisors
      • Bensimon, Estela
      Research Interests

      Higher education policy and reform implementation; organizational learning and change; student equity in higher education

       

    • Edward J. Cremata
      Rossier Dean's Fellowship
      Advisors
      • Strunk, Katharine
      Research Interests

      Quantitative Research Methods, Qualitative Research Methods, Research Design, Causal Inference, Big Data, Education Policy, School Choice.

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    • Robert W Danielson
      Rossier Dean's Fellowship
      Advisors
      • Sinatra, Gale
      Research Interests

      Promoting conceptual change across various controversial science topics using metaphorical graphics, digital media, and refutation texts in both formal and informal learning environments.

    • Tom DePaola
      USC Provost's PhD Fellowship
      Advisors
      • Kezar, Adrianna
      Research Interests

      Higher education and urban political economy; contingent faculty labor and the politics of academic work; the role of colleges and universities in urban restructuring and gentrification; the public good mission of higher education; "college readiness" and remediation in community colleges; insititutional marginalization and mobility among underserved student populations; critical pedagogy; resistance and solidarity movements; student debt.

    • Tasminda Dhaliwal
      Advisors
      • Marsh, David
    • Jude Paul Matias Dizon
      USC Provost's PhD Fellowship
      Advisors
      • Cole, Darnell
      Research Interests

      critical race studies, critical theory, immigration, policing/incarceration, urban development, youth studies, campus climate and transformation

    • Yianna (Joanna) Drivalas
      Rossier Dean's Fellowship
      Advisors
      • Kezar, Adrianna
      Research Interests

      Institutional and classroom climate and culture as they relate to the experiences, perceptions, and retention of underrepresented students; Pedagogy; Access and readiness; Arts-based research

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    • Eric R Felix
      Rossier Dean's Fellowship
      Advisors
      • Bensimon, Estela
      Research Interests

      -College access and equity issues for Latinx students

      -Policy implementation research

      -Addressing educational inequities in community college

      -Improving the transfer process for racially-minoritized students.

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    • Martin Gamboa
      USC Provost's PhD Fellowship
      Advisors
      • Polikoff, Morgan
      Research Interests
      • Standards and Curriculum Materials
      • Nationalism, Culture and Education
      • Teaching for Civic Engagement

       

    • Hovanes Gasparian
      Advisors
      • Polikoff, Morgan
      Research Interests
      • Textbook Adoption
      • Curricular Efficacy
      • Educational Technology
    • Joyce Gomez-Najarro
      Rossier Dean's Fellowship
      Advisors
        Research Interests

        Culturally responsive models for Response to Intervention; social justice in teacher education;
        literacy development of English language learners

      • Rebecca JM Gotlieb
        USC Provost's PhD Fellowship
        Advisors
        • Immordino-Yang, Mary Helen
        Research Interests

         Social, Emotional, and Identity Development; Educational Neuroscience; Empathy; Perspective-taking; Imagination; Adolescence

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      • Tenice S. Hardaway
        Rossier Dean's Fellowship
        Advisors
        • Polikoff, Morgan
      • Ayesha Khalid Hashim
        Rossier Dean's Fellowship
        Advisors
        • Strunk, Katharine
        Research Interests

        District-Level School Reform; Technology and Education; School Governance; Economics of Education; K-12 Policy

      • Theresa E. Hernandez
        Rossier Dean's Fellowship
        Advisors
        • Posselt, Julie
      • Elizabeth Marshall Holcombe
        USC Provost's PhD Fellowship
        Advisors
        • Kezar, Adrianna
        Research Interests

        STEM education for first-generation and underserved college students; teaching, learning, and assessment in higher education; leadership and organizational change in higher education

      • Liane Hypolite
        Rossier Dean's Fellowship
        Advisors
        • Cole, Darnell
        Research Interests

         

        • Racial and ethnic identity development
        • Social and cultural capital
        • Racial and economic integration
        • College retention and success
        • Critical theory
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      • Michael Lanford
        USC Provost's PhD Fellowship
        Advisors
        • Tierney, William
        Research Interests
        • Innovation
        • Student Development
        • Educational Policy
        • Globalization
        • Qualitative Methods
      • Q. Tien Le
        Rossier Dean's Fellowship
        Advisors
        • Polikoff, Morgan
        Research Interests

        Bilingual education, language policy, English language learners, second language acquisition 

      • Roman Liera
        Rossier Dean's Fellowship
        Advisors
        • Bensimon, Estela
        Research Interests

        a) Organizational learning and change

        b) Agency for racial equity in postsecondary education

        c) Emotional labor

        d) Transformational change

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      • Bradley Marianno
        Rossier Dean's Fellowship
        Advisors
        • Strunk, Katharine
        Research Interests

        Teachers unions, collective bargaining, K-12 politics, teacher labor markets, educational governance

      • Dayna Meyer
        Rossier Dean's Fellowship
        Advisors
        • Bensimon, Estela
        Research Interests

        college access and equity issues for underrepresented students, privatized for-profit education, college admissions, anthropology of education, and cultural constructions and power dynamics in higher education.

      • Neha Miglani
        Advisors
        • Burch, Patricia
      • Ananya Mukhopadhyay
        Rossier Dean's Fellowship
        Advisors
        • Sinatra, Gale
        Research Interests
        • Teacher Learning
        • Motivated Reasoning
        • Social Justice
        • Social Learning Networks
        • Socio-Emotional Learning
        • Creativity
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      • Federick Ngo
        USC Provost's PhD Fellowship
        Advisors
        • Melguizo, Tatiana
        Research Interests

        Higher education policy; college access and persistence; community colleges; developmental education; math education; quantitative methods

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      • Elizabeth So Yun Park
        Rossier Dean's Fellowship
        Advisors
        • Melguizo, Tatiana
        Research Interests

        Higher Education; English learners; College Access; Equity; Education Policy; Quantitative Methods; Mixed Methods; Community Colleges;  College Outcomes

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      • Sarah Rabovsky
        Rossier Dean's Fellowship
        Advisors
        • Strunk, Katharine
        Research Interests

         

        Accountability

        District Interventions

        Education Policy

        Education Reform

        Quantitative Methods

        School Choice

        Teacher Labor Markets

        Teacher Quality

      • Maxine Roberts
        Rossier Dean's Fellowship
        Advisors
        • Bensimon, Estela
        Research Interests

        College persistence and retention as it pertains to underserved students of color, developmental education, and institutions' responses to students' academic needs.

      • Jason Robinson
        Rossier Dean's Fellowship
        Advisors
        • Bensimon, Estela
        Research Interests

        Access and equity for minority students, organizational change in higher education, college-campus diversity, and international education.

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      • Ian Thacker
        Rossier Dean's Fellowship
        Advisors
        • Sinatra, Gale
        Research Interests
        • Math and science teaching and learning
        • Epistemic cognition
        • Teacher knowledge
        • Motivation
        • Embodiment
      • Antar A. Tichavakunda
        Rossier Dean's Fellowship
        Advisors
        • Tierney, William
        Research Interests

        College Access & Equity 

        Black Students' Experiences at Predominantly White Institutions 

        Qualitative Inquiry 

      • Adrian Trinidad
        Rossier Dean's Fellowship
        Advisors
        • Bensimon, Estela
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      • David Velasquez
        Gates Millennium Scholar
        Advisors
        • Melguizo, Tatiana
        Research Interests
        • College access, persistence, and completion
        • Mathematics Education
        • Community Colleges
      • Cynthia Diana Villarreal
        Rossier Dean's Fellowship
        Advisors
        • Bensimon, Estela
        Research Interests

        Racial Equity in Higher Education

        Organizational culture and change  

        College administration & faculty

        Hispanic-Serving Institutions

        Educational experiences of Latinx students in higher education 

         

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      • James Dean Ward
        Rossier Dean's Fellowship
        Advisors
        • Tierney, William
        Research Interests

        performance-based funding; education policy; organizational theory; for-profit colleges and universities; higher education finance and economics; LGBT students

      • Marissiko M. Wheaton
        Rossier Dean's Fellowship
        Advisors
        • Cole, Darnell
        Research Interests

        Student activism; Social Identity; Social Justice & Diversity Education; Campus climate

      • Stephani Wrabel
        Rossier Dean's Fellowship
        Advisors
        • Polikoff, Morgan
        Research Interests

        K-12 policy, including student mobility and schools serving highly mobile enrollments, the design and effects of federal and state accountability policy, military-connected students and schools, and the quality, accuracy, and use of data to inform policy

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      • Nan Zhou
        Rossier Dean's Fellowship
        Advisors
        • Polikoff, Morgan
        Research Interests
        • School Accountability
        • Quantitative Methodology
        • Economics of Education