Meet the Students

Julia Lawler

Julia Lawler

  • Current USC Rossier minor(s): Education and Society, Political Science
  • Current USC major(s): History and Social Science Education
  • Aspirations: “I believe teaching is the right career for me because I truly want to make a difference in the world. I am currently in the process of applying to graduate school to become a teacher, where I hope to learn more about some of the concepts my minor courses introduced me to.”
My name is Julia Lawler, and I am a senior at USC studying History and Social Science Education with a double minor in Political Science and Education and Society. I am currently working as a Lead Intern with Dornsife Academic Advising, and serve as an Executive Board Member of the Academic Culture Assembly’s EdMonth and the USC History Department’s Student Association CLIO. I also have a weekly Opinion column in the Daily Trojan that discusses education-related issues. One powerful quote by Paulo Freire about the transformative opportunities of education captures my excitement for a career in education: “Education does not transform the world. Education changes people. People change the world”. I believe teaching is the right career for me because I truly want to make a difference in the world. My minor courses have been an invaluable way to introduce me to various theories of education, such as the intersection between schooling and critical race theory, how to create authentic care to increase student achievement, even the fundamental ideas of what the purpose of schooling is. The professors I met through my minor have had such a positive impact on who I want to be as a teacher and what my personal teaching philosophy might be; not only do I want to address issues with the quality of education in urban schools, but also use reflective teaching practices, practice authentic care, and engage in critical pedagogy, along with so much more, as an educator after being introduced to these concepts by my education professors. I am currently in the process of applying to graduate school to become a teacher, where I hope to learn more about some of the concepts my minor courses introduced me to.

My hobbies include stalking famous Corgis on Instagram, photography, watching sunsets, and traveling! I am currently pursuing an undergraduate History Honors program through the History Department, in which I am writing a historical analysis of how and why the purpose of history has changed in classrooms in California.


Alejandro Schugurensky

Alejandro Schugurensky

  • Current USC Rossier minor(s): Education and Society
  • Current USC major(s): Sociology
  • Aspirations: “After graduating from USC, I plan to go to graduate school and eventually go on to do research, and I feel that the Education and Society minor will offer me an experience that is advantageous to future coursework and potential research projects that involve spatial thinking and analysis.”
As a Sociology major, I am interested in various subfields of sociology, such as social inequality, social demography and the sociology of education. When I found out about the Education and Society minor, I thought it would a perfect way to gain more insight and knowledge regarding education and its role in society, especially since the Sociology department does not currently offer any classes that look specifically at education.

After graduating from USC, I plan to go to graduate school and eventually go on to do research, and I hope that the Education and Society minor will offer me an experience that is advantageous to future coursework and potential research projects that involve spatial thinking and analysis.

On campus, I am president of the USC Sociology Club, a member of the Trojan Marching Band, and I work as a tutor for USC student-athletes. Additionally, I am a research assistant for a project looking at how neighborhood and school composition are linked and how neighborhoods and schools affect students’ outcomes, led by Dr. Ann Owens.


Claire Chatinover

Claire Chatinover

  • Current USC Rossier minor(s): Education and Society
  • Current USC major(s): Political Science
  • Aspirations: “In the future I hope to work for the Department of Education to work on civic education, teacher care, teacher training, and experiential learning.”
My name is Claire Chatinover I am currently studying Political Science with a minor is Education and Society (best minor!) I chose the minor because I am very passionate and drive to address the inequities that exsist in our education system. For me I feel that education is so freeing, powerful, and motivational, so it should be accessible for every student. In the future I hope to work for the Department of Education to work on civic education, teacher care, teacher training, and experiential learning. Originally born in New York City, I will be returning there in the fall to be a teacher for Teach for America. At USC I currently teach 4th and 5th grade science at Foshay Learning Center with the Young Scientists Program through JEP. I am also the co-executive director for Troy Camp, which provides continuous mentorship to students in South LA. Fight on!