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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    • Paul Bruno
      Advisors
      • Polikoff, Morgan
      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, politics/power, capacity building, accountability, governance, school district reform

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

    • Edward J. Cremata
      Rossier Dean's Fellowship
      Advisors
        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 academic labor and the politics of university work; higher education's role in urban restructuring and gentrification; the "public good mission" of higher education; 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
        • Harper, Shaun
        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
      • 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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      • Alana Kennedy
        Advisors
        • Patall, Erika
        • Sinatra, Gale
      • Kate Kennedy
        Rossier Dean's Fellowship
        Advisors
        • Marsh, Julie
        Research Interests

        social-emotional learning; moral school leadership; ethical leadership; post-2017 election school communications; transformative leadership; teacher happiness; creativity; community engagement; data use; flow experiences; leadership pipelines in P-12 systems; effective teachers; value-added analysis

      • Suneal Kolluri
        Rossier Dean's Fellowship
        Advisors
        • Corwin, Zoë
        • Tierney, William
        Research Interests

        School Segregation and Academic Tracking, College persistence for underrepresented youth, Urban High Schools, Teaching for Civic Engagement, Social Media and Education, Culturally Relevant Pedagogy.

      • Shira A. Korn
        Advisors
        • Polikoff, Morgan
      • Christina Krone
        Rossier Dean's Fellowship
        Advisors
        • Immordino-Yang, Mary Helen
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      • 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
          Research Interests

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

        • Russell McFall
          Rossier Dean's Fellowship
          Advisors
          • Polikoff, Morgan
          Research Interests

          Urban Schooling

          After-School Programs

          Sport and Education

          School Finance

          Social Studies Standards and Curriculum

        • 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
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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
            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.

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          • Mabel Sanchez
            Advisors
            • Cole, Darnell
          • Josh Schuschke
            Rossier Dean's Fellowship
            Advisors
            • Tynes, Brendesha
            Research Interests

            Racial identity, Intersectionality, Social Media, Digital Equity, Social Justice

          • Daniel T. Scott
            Rossier Dean's Fellowship
            Advisors
            • Kezar, Adrianna
            Research Interests

            Daniel's research agenda is grounded in a commitment to higher education’s role in promoting equity and democracy.

            Student experiences and learning, racial equity, change, organizational dynamics, governance, technology, and the nature of work in academia are among Daniel’s research interest.

          • Deborah E. Southern
            Rossier Dean's Fellowship
            Advisors
            • Posselt, Julie
            Research Interests

            Privilege, campus climate, race

          • Ashley Stewart
            Advisors
            • Tynes, Brendesha
            Research Interests
            • Education as a context for social development of Black Youth
            • Online spaces as a context for identity development 
            • Online Discrimination 
            • Critical Media Literacy
          • Sy Stokes
            Advisors
            • Harper, Shaun
            Research Interests

            Race & Equity, Activism, Dismantling white supremacy, Multiracial Identity

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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
            • Kezar, Adrianna
            Research Interests

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

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          • Nicole M. Yates
            Rossier Dean's Fellowship
            Advisors
            • Patall, Erika
            Research Interests

            Motivation in high achieving students of color

            Broadening participation in STEM

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