Associate Research Professor
Expert in sociology of education; college access; digital equity; qualitative methodologies.
Zoe Corwin is an Associate Research Professor affiliated with the Pullias Center for Higher Education. As a researcher with the Pullias Center, Corwin has conducted research on college preparation programs and access to financial aid for underserved students, college pathways for foster youth and the role of social media and games in postsecondary access and completion. Corwin teaches Applied Educational Ethnography with the Rossier School of Education.
She is co-editor of Preparing for College: Nine elements of effective outreach with SUNY Press and in addition to academic articles, has published several monographs designed for practitioners outlining effective college preparation strategies. Corwin currently directs the Collegeology Games project for the Pullias Center. The project capitalizes on game-based strategies and social media to engage students in college preparation, college application and financial aid processes.
Corwin held Haynes and Spencer Foundation dissertation fellowships while working on a qualitative study examining college access and persistence for youth in foster care. Previous to earning her Ph.D. in sociology from USC, Corwin taught middle and high school Spanish and global studies. Corwin holds an MA in Spanish from Saint Louis University in Madrid, a single subject secondary education credential & BCLAD certificate from the California State University, Northridge and a BA from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is a founding Board member of the New Los Angeles Charter Middle School.
(2001 - present) Research assistant to Wilbur- Kieffer Professor of Higher Education William G. Tierney, Center for Higher Education Policy Analysis, University of Southern California. Lead researcher on U.S. Department of Education grant pertaining to assessing the effective parameters of college preparation programs (case studies, interviews and cultural biographies). Senior researcher on Lumina - sponsored grant examining financial aid practices for low SES students (i nterviews). Skills acquired in research design, human subjects review, coordinating Advisory Boards, editing, collaborative research.
(2001) Research consultant. Conducted extensive interviews for programmatic evaluation with student participants at On Ra mps Arts, an after - school enrichment program serving low SES Latino/a students.
- American Sociological Association
- American Educational Research Association
- Association for the Study of Higher Education
Honors and Awards:
- Outstanding student award, Department of Sociology, University of Southern California, 2004
- James Irvine Foundation Senior Fellow, University of Southern California, 2003-2004
- Certificate of Excellence, Department of Sociology, University of Southern California, 2002
- Certificate of Excellence, Department of Sociology, University of Southern California, 2001
- Travel award, Graduate and Professional Student Senate, University of Southern California, 2001
- Sociology department fellow, University of Southern California, 2000-2001
- Cum laude honors, University of California, Los Angeles, 1993
- Mortar Board Honor Society, University of California, Los Angeles, 1992-1993
- Corwin, Z. B. (in press). The paper trail of Lily Salazar. In W. G. Tierney & J. E. Colyar (Eds.), High School Students and the Challenge of Access: Many Routes, Difficult Paths.NY: Peter Lang.
- Tierney, W. G. & Corwin, Z. B. (in press).The tensions between academic freedom and institutional review boards. Qualitative Inquiry.
- Corwin, Z. B. & Tierney, W.G. (in press). IRBs and qualitative research. Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology.
- Tierney, W. G., Corwin, Z. B., & Colyar, J. E. (Eds.). (2004). Preparing for college: Nine elements of effective outreach. Albany, NY: SUNY press.
- Corwin, Z.B, Colyar, J.E., & Tierney, W.G. (2004). Engaging research and practice: Extracurricular and curricular influences on college access. In W.G. Tierney, Z. B. Corwin, & J. E. Colyar (Eds.), Preparing for college: Nine elements of effective outreach. Albany, NY: SUNY press.
- Tierney, W. G., Venegas, K.M., Colyar, J.E., Corwin, Z.B. & Oliverez, P.M. (2004). Creating helping environments for college-going: The CHEPA Chec - List for counselors. Los Angeles: Center for Higher Education Policy Analysis.
- Corwin, Z. B., Venegas, K. M., Oliverez, P. M., & Colyar, J. E. (2004, July). School counsel: How appropriate guidance affects educational equity. Urban Education, 39 (4), 442- 457.
- Tierney, W.G., Colyar, J.E., & Corwin, Z.B. (2003). Preparing for college: Building expectations, changing realities. Los Angeles: Center for Higher Education Policy Analysis.
- Tierney, W.G., Colyar, J.E., & Corwin, Z.B. (2002). Making a difference: The complexity of college preparation programs. Los Angeles: Center for Higher Education Policy Analysis.
- Heath, M., Lum, B., Nawyn, S., Yasuike, A. &. Corwin, Z. B., (Eds.) . (2001). Transitioning identities: Gender, Family and Religion in U.S. Immigration symposium proceedings . Los Angeles: Department of Sociology, University of Southern California.