PhD A-Z

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    • Jacob Alonso
      USC Provost's PhD Fellowship
      Advisors

      Julie Marsh

      Research Interests

      School Leadership, Organizational Theory, Crisis Management, Resilience, Critical Policy Analysis, School Choice

    • Gloria Anglón
      Advisors

      Julie Posselt

      Research Interests

      Racial equity in graduate education, STEM graduate student development, Sociology of education, Organizational change and strategic management

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    • Clare Baek
      Advisors

      Stephen Aguilar

      Research Interests

      Learning Analytics, Learning Technologies, Student Motivation in STEM, Educational Technology and Students with Disabilities, Computer Science Education

    • Kaylan Baxter
      Advisors

      Julie Posselt

      Research Interests

      Accountability, Accreditation, Data use, Institutional effectiveness, Institutional research

    • James Bridgeforth
      Advisors

      Shaun Harper, Julie Marsh

      Research Interests

      Racial Justice and Education, School Choice Policies, Educational Leadership, Racial Violence in Schools, Racial Crisis Leadership

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    • Isabel Clay
      Advisors

      Morgan Polikoff

      Research Interests

      Curricular alignment to standards, Critical thinking, K-12 policy, Quantitative methods, English Language Learners, Educational equity

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    • Eupha Jeanne Daramola
      USC Provost's PhD Fellowship
      Advisors

      Julie Marsh

      Research Interests

      Racial equity in education, Qualitative methods, Community engagement, School discipline, School leadership

    • Tom DePaola
      USC Provost's PhD Fellowship
      Advisors

      Adrianna Kezar

      Research Interests

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

    • Tara-Marie Desruisseaux
      NSF Graduate Fellowship
      Advisors

      David Quinn

      Research Interests

      Student/teacher racial congruence; the role of race in education policy; Black students and mathematical literacy; racial/ethnic opportunity gap; culturally sustaining teaching practices; the underrepresentation of Black teachers

    • Tasminda Dhaliwal
      Advisors

      Julie Marsh

      Research Interests

      Educational equity; quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods; program evaluation; school discipline; school finance; homeless students

    • Jude Paul Dizon
      USC Provost's PhD Fellowship
      Advisors

      Adrianna Kezar, William Tierney

      Research Interests

      Racialization and racism, Carcerality, Critical theory and race studies, Institutional change, Student development

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    • Taylor Enoch-Stevens
      Advisors

      Julie Marsh, Lawrence Picus

      Research Interests

      Race and education, Equity-oriented policies, Critical Pedagogy, Culturally sustaining pedagogy, School finance

    • John Ezaki
      Advisors

      Yasemin Copur-Gencturk

      Research Interests

      Mathematics teacher education, Teacher knowledge, Math teaching and learning, Teacher evaluation

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    • Michael Fienberg
      Advisors

      Adam Kho, Morgan Polikoff

      Research Interests

      School reform, program evaluation, curriculum, teacher quality, dual enrollment

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    • Martin Gamboa
      USC Provost's PhD Fellowship
      Advisors

      Morgan Polikoff

      Research Interests

      Standards and Curriculum Materials, Nationalism, Culture and Education, Teaching for Civic Engagement

    • Jennifer Gribben
      Advisors

      Gale Sinatra

      Research Interests

      Environmental Education, Education Policy

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    • Matthew Hamilton
      Advisors

      Brendesha Tynes

      Research Interests

      Critical digital literacy, Education technologies, Race, gender, & class, Play, games, & learning, Design-based research

    • Jordan Harper
      Advisors

      Adrianna Kezar

      Research Interests

      Leadership, Non-tenure-track faculty, Change, Student affairs, Non-academic staff

    • Theresa Hernandez
      Advisors

      Julie Posselt

      Research Interests

      Institutional change for equity in higher education; intersectionality, CRT, and org theory; graduate student and faculty professional learning/development; policy implementation

    • Imogen Herrick
      Advisors

      Gale Sinatra

      Research Interests

      Science Education Policy, Science/STEM Teacher Preparation, Informal Science learning, Conceptual Change, Place Based Education

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    • Neil Jacobson
      Advisors

      Gale Sinatra

      Research Interests

      Conceptual Change, Text and Graphic Comprehension, Motivated Reasoning, Non-formal Learning

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    • Diane Lee
      USC Provost's PhD Fellowship
      Advisors

      Erika Patall

      Research Interests

      Social-Emotional Development and Measurement, Academic Identity Development, Student Motivation and Autonomy Support, Emotion Regulation and Student Well-Being, Equitable Practices in Education

    • Jingxian Li
      Advisors

      Yasemin Copur-Gencturk

      Research Interests

      Teaching and Teacher Education, Teacher Knowledge and Instruction, Measurement and Assessment

    • Edgar Lopez
      Gates Millennium Scholar
      Advisors

      Adrian Huerta, Adrianna Kezar

      Research Interests

      College Access & Equity, First-Generation College Students & Latina/o/x Issues in Higher Education, Faculty-Student Mentoring Relationships in Graduate Education, Gang Youth in K-12, Campus Climate & Imposter Syndrome

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    • Milie Majumder
      Advisors

      Shafiqa Ahmadi, Darnell Cole

    • Neha Miglani
      Advisors

      Patricia Burch

      Research Interests

      Student well-being, Body, Embodiment, Somatic Practices, Educational Technology, Neoliberalism and education, Socio-cultural theory, Globalization, Comparative and International Education, Ethnography

    • Elizabeth Morris
      Advisors

      Tatiana Melguizo

      Research Interests

      Postsecondary access and success for minoritized students, P-20 Educational Equity, Critical Pedagogies, QuantCrit

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    • Akua Nkansah-Amankra
      USC Provost's PhD Fellowship
      Advisors

      David Quinn

      Research Interests

      School discipline, restorative justice, transformative education, critical race theory, critical policy analysis, school-to-prison pipeline, STEM engagement

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    • Jaymon Ortega
      Advisors

      Shaun Harper

      Research Interests

      Esports and Educaiton, Black and Latino Men, Racial Equity, Community Colleges, Student Athletes

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    • Sarah Rabovsky
      Rossier Dean's Fellowship
      Advisors

      Morgan Polikoff

      Research Interests

      Accountability, Alternative Schools, Quantitative Methods, Teacher Labor Markets

    • Aireale Rodgers
      Advisors

      Julie Posselt

      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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    • Anamely Salgado
      Advisors

      Stephen Aguilar

      Research Interests

      Equitable education for immigrant and underepresented youth, Underepresented youth's motivation and intitatives, Equity beliefs and practices in individuals and institutions

    • Mabel Sanchez
      Advisors

      Darnell Cole

    • Daniel Scott
      Rossier Dean's Fellowship
      Advisors

      Adrianna Kezar

      Research Interests

      Academic labor, Workers in higher education, Nexus between education and criminal justice systems, System-impacted students

    • Daniel Silver
      Rossier Dean's Fellowship
      Advisors

      Morgan Polikoff

      Research Interests

      Curricular alignment to standards, Pratitioners' curricular decisions

    • Deborah Southern
      Rossier Dean's Fellowship
      Advisors

      Julie Posselt

      Research Interests

      Organizational equity planning and implementation; whiteness in higher education organization policy, practices, and routines; dismantling systems of white supremacy in higher education; decolonial and anti-racist organizational transformations; qualitative methods; graduate education.

    • Ashley Stewart
      Advisors

      Brendesha Tynes

      Research Interests

      Race-related experiences of minority youth, Racial socialization, Online Discrimination, Critical Media Literacy

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    • Tong Tong
      Advisors

      Adam Kho

      Research Interests

      Alternative Schools, School Turnaround, School Reform, Teacher Education, English Language Learners, Education Policy, Quantitative Methods, Educational Equity

    • Sarah Toutant
      Rossier Dean's Fellowship
      Advisors

      Shaun Harper

      Research Interests

      Black feminist thought; critical race theory; critical race praxis; gendered and racialized experiences of Black women students; higher education policy; intersectionality; nightclub culture; qualitative methods; racial campus climate; racialized inequalities in education

    • Adrián Trinidad
      Rossier Dean's Fellowship
      Advisors

      Estela Bensimon

      Research Interests

      Transfer pathways for racially minoritized community college students, Policy implementation, Organizational change in higher education

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    • Natsumi Ueda
      Advisors

      Shafiqa Ahmadi, Darnell Cole

      Research Interests

      Diversity in higher education, Marginalized student experience, Interracial / intercultural experience, Equity and institutional change in higher education

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    • David Velasquez
      Gates Millennium Scholar
      Advisors

      Tatiana Melguizo

      Research Interests

      College access, persistence, and completion, Mathematics Education Community Colleges, Policy Implementation

    • Cynthia Villarreal
      Advisors

      Julie Posselt

      Research Interests

      Borderlands in Higher Education, Racial Equity in Higher Education, Organizational culture and change, College administration & faculty, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Educational experiences of Latinx students in higher education, Chicana Feminist theories

    • Amanda Vite
      Advisors

      Erika Patall

      Research Interests

      Motivation, Autonomy Support, Academic Identity, Racial/Ethnic Identity

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    • Nicole Yates
      Rossier Dean's Fellowship
      Advisors

      Erika Patall

      Research Interests

      Black racial/ethnic identity, motivation, critical quantitative methods

    • Elif Yucel
      Advisors

      Tatiana Melguizo

      Research Interests

      Community College Transfer and Performance Funding, College Access and Completion, Higher Education Opportunities in Prisons and Jails, School Closure, Social Network Analysis

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    • Jeanette Zambrano
      Advisors

      Erika Patall

      Research Interests

      Motivation; Teaching practices; Culturally relevant education; Self and identity; Gender, race, and social class.