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

      Equity-oriented policies in K-12 education, with a particular focus on racial equity.  Policy areas of interest include finance, accountability, school choice, community engagement, social-emotional learning, instructional improvement.

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    • Paul Bruno
      Advisors
      • Polikoff, Morgan
      Research Interests

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

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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

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    • Eupha Jeanne Daramola
      USC Provost's PhD Fellowship
      Advisors
      • Marsh, Julie
      Research Interests

      culturally relevant pedogodgy, race and education; organizational and institutional theory; policy design; implementation; teacher professinal development

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

      Higher education and political economy of cities; contingent labor and unionization; urban restructuring and gentrification; the public good mission; marginalization and mobility among underserved student populations; critical pedagogy; broad-based resistance and solidarity movements.

    • Tasminda K Dhaliwal
      Rossier Dean's Fellowship
      Advisors
      • Polikoff, Morgan
      Research Interests

      Educational equity; quantitative methods; school discipline; school finance; homeless students; neighborhood effects; critical policy studies 

       

    • 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 the experiences, perceptions, and retention of underrepresented employees and students; Professional development and racial literacy of college and university staff, faculty, and administration; 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

       

    • 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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    • Lauren Irwin
      Advisors
      • Posselt, Julie
      Research Interests

      Leadership development, co-curricular learning, racial identity development, Critical Whiteness Studies, dismantling white supremacy, whiteness in higher education, equity and inclusion 

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    • Neil G. Jacobson
      Advisors
      • Sinatra, Gale
      Research Interests

      Conceptual Change

      Text and Graphic Comprehension

      Motivated Reasoning

      Non-formal Learning

       

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    • Alana Kennedy
      Advisors
      • Patall, Erika
      • Sinatra, Gale
    • Kate Kennedy
      Rossier Dean's Fellowship
      Advisors
      • Marsh, Julie
      Research Interests

      K-12 policy

      leadership

      politics

      equity

       

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

      School Stratifications and Academic Tracking, College readiness and persistence for marginalized youth, Urban High Schools, Teaching for Civic Engagement, Culturally Relevant Pedagogy.

    • Shira A. Korn
      Rossier Dean's Fellowship
      Advisors
      • Polikoff, Morgan
      Research Interests

      Standards

      School Accountability

      Non-Cognitive Accountability Measures

      Equity and Inclusion

      Teacher Labor Markets

       

    • Christina Krone
      Rossier Dean's Fellowship
      Advisors
      • Immordino-Yang, Mary Helen
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    • 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

      High School to College Pipeline; STEM Education; 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

      • Aireale Joi Rodgers
        Advisors
        • Posselt, Julie
        Research Interests

        Pedagogical and institutional change in higher education; Faculty professional development; equitable pedagogy in higher education; Ecological approaches to higher education reform; Analyses of white serving institutions of higher education

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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
        • Change
        • Organizational theory
        • Academic work
        • Student experiences and learning
        • Intersections between education and criminal justice systems
      • Deborah E. Southern
        Rossier Dean's Fellowship
        Advisors
        • Posselt, Julie
        Research Interests

        Whiteness in institutional structures and practices; white privilege; systems of racism and white supremacy; campus racial climate; qualitative methods.

      • Ashley Stewart
        Rossier Dean's Fellowship
        Advisors
        • Tynes, Brendesha
        Research Interests
        • Race-related experiences of minority youth
        • racial socialization
        • 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; conceptual change; epistemic cognition; mathematics teacher education; teacher knowledge; teacher beliefs; motivation; embodiment

      • Adrián Trinidad
        Rossier Dean's Fellowship
        Advisors
        • Bensimon, Estela
        Research Interests

        Transfer pathways for racially minoritized community college students

        Policy implementation

        Organizational change in higher education

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      • David Velasquez
        Gates Millennium Scholar
        Advisors
        • Melguizo, Tatiana
        Research Interests
        • College access, persistence, and completion
        • Mathematics Education
        • Community Colleges
        • Policy Implementation
      • 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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      • Marissiko M. Wheaton
        Rossier Dean's Fellowship
        Advisors
        • Kezar, Adrianna
        Research Interests

        Critical Consciousness Education; Social Justice & Diversity Education; Student Activism, Organizing and Resistance; Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership; Qualitative Research Methods

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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