Research Centers

Led by world-class faculty, USC Rossier’s research centers conduct cutting-edge research in several critical areas. The work of our centers is guided by a desire to positively impact educational policy and practice at all levels.

Education Psychology Research

Center for Human-Applied Reasoning and the Internet of Things
(CHARIOT)

Established in 2016, CHARIOT is a collaboration between USC Rossier School of Education and USC Viterbi School of Engineering to revolutionize personal learning by combining cutting-edge cognitive science and education research with emerging technologies from the Internet of Things (IoT).

Staff

Kenneth A. Yates
Co-Director
N. Rao Machiraju
Co-Director
Bhaskar Krishnamachari
Co-Director
Center for Empowered Learning and Development with Technology
(CELDTECH)

Established in 2017, CELDTECH is a transdisciplinary research center that promotes equity in digital learning and development among urban populations in formal and informal contexts. CELDTECH takes an intersectional approach to the study of learning with technology and foregrounds the nexus between students’ histories, cultural assets and developmental needs.

Staff

Brendesha Tynes
Executive Director
Stephen Aguilar
Associate Director
Sarah Toutant
Project Coordinator

Higher Education Research

Center for Education, Identity and Social Justice
(Social Justice)

Established in 2017, the Center for Education, Identity and Social Justice examines how multiple identities such as religion, ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation and disability intersect to foster shared values and democratic ideals. The Center envisions socially just and inclusive educational environments where students are prepared to be civically engaged citizens.

Staff

Shafiqa Ahmadi
Co-Director
Darnell Cole
Co-Director
Alex Atashi
Project Specialist
     
    Bo Lee
Project Specialist
Center for Enrollment Research, Policy and Practice
(CERPP)

Established in 2007, CERPP analyzes enrollment issues through the critical perspectives of social science researchers, policymakers and college and university practitioners. As the only independent research center in the U.S. serving admissions and enrollment specialists, CERPP is committed to fostering equity in college access, admission and outcomes.

Staff

Jerome A. Lucido
Executive Director
Ara Arzumanian
Program Manager
Emily Chung
Program Director
     
Gabriela Duncan
Project Specialist
Dennis Funes
Program Coordinator
Donald Hossler
Senior Scholar
     
Wendy Marshall
Educational Program Designer
Benjamin Robles
Program Coordinator
Sarah Ruderman
Program Coordinator
     
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Center for Urban Education
(CUE)

Established in 1999, CUE leads socially conscious research and develops tools needed for institutions of higher education to produce equity in student outcomes.

Staff

Estela Mara Bensimon
Director
Lindsey Malcom-Piqueux
Associate Director for
Research and Policy
Deanna Cherry
Lead Facilitator
     
Debbie Hanson
Senior Project Specialist
Sarah Klotz
Senior Project Specialist
Megan Chase
Research and Policy Specialist
     
Cheryl Ching
Postdoctoral Research Assistant
James Gray
Project Specialist
Jordan Greer
Project Specialist
     
Esmeralda Hernandez-Hamed
Project Specialist
Kari Alire
Project and Financial Coordinator
Paloma Saenz
Administrative Assistant
Pullias Center for Higher Education

Established in 1996, Pullias is an interdisciplinary research center established to improve access and outcomes for underserved students and enhance the performance of postsecondary institutions by assessing the role of faculty, emerging organizational forms and the educational trajectories of community college students.

Staff

Adrianna Keza
Co-Director
William Tierney
Co-Director
Shafiqa Ahmadi
Assistant Professor
     
Samantha Bernstein
Postdoctoral Scholar-Research Associate
Darnell Cole
Associate Professor
Zoe Corwin
Research Associate Professor
     
Diane Flores
Administrative Assistant
Carlos Galan
Outreach Advisor
Adrian Huerta
Provost’s Postdoctoral Scholar
     
Joseph Kitchen
Postdoctoral Scholar-Research Associate
Michael Lanford
Postdoctoral Scholar-Research Associate
Tattiya Maruco
Research Project Specialist
     
Tatiana Melguizo
Associate Professor
Julie Posselt
Assistant Professor of Education
Monica Raad
Administrative Services Manager
     
Gwendelyn Rivera
Project Specialist
John Slaughter
Professor of Education and Engineering
Kristan Venegas
Assistant Dean for Strategic Initiatives and Evaluation and Associate Professor
     
The University of Southern California Race and Equity Center

Established in 2017, the Race and Equity Center is the epicenter for interdisciplinary scholarship, resources and meaningful activities on racial equity that significantly benefit the University, other institutions of higher education and the broader society.

Staff

Shaun R. Harper
Executive Director
Lara Aposhian
Director, Marketing and Brand Management
Wilmon A. Christian III
Director
National Registry of Employable Professionals of Color
     
Charles H.F. Davis III
Chief Strategy Officer and Director of Research
Natasha Janson
Director
National Assessment of Collegiate Campus Climates
Brandi P. Jones
Chief Advancement Officer
     
Oscar Patrón
Predoctoral Resident Scholar and Research Associate
Sumun Pendakur
Chief Learning Officer and Director of the USC Equity Institutes
 

K-12 Education Policy Research

Center for Engineering in Education
(CEE, pronounced “see ”)

Established in 2017, CEE is dedicated to mining the vast array of engineering techniques, ideas and practices to enhance learning across all disciplines.

Staff

John Slaughter
Co-Director
Anthony Maddox
Co-Director
 
Center on Education Policy, Equity and Governance
(CEPEG)

Established in 2017, CEPEG has a threefold mission: to conduct rigorous mixed-methods research with consequence, to design and implement new vehicles for scholarly engagement in policy and practice and to train the next generation of researchers committed to furthering the vision of research designed to affect policy and practice. The Center focuses on important policy issues in K-12 education, particularly policies designed to improve educational opportunities and outcomes for historically disadvantaged groups. CEPEG is a re-envision of the Center on Educational Governance (CEG).

Staff

Patricia Burch
Core Faculty
Julie Marsh
Core Faculty
Larry Picus
Core Faculty
     
Morgan Polikoff
Core Faculty
David Quinn
Core Faculty
Michelle Hall
Postdoctoral Fellow
     
Ayesha Hashim
Postdoctoral Fellow
Jessica Rodrigues
Postdoctoral Fellow
Rachel White
Postdoctoral Fellow
     
Susan McKibben
Project Manager
Laura Mulfinger
Project Manager