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.

    • Samantha Astudillo
      Rossier Dean's Fellowship
      Advisors
      • Melguizo, Tatiana
      Research Interests
      • College access, persistence, and completion 
      • Low-income, first-generation students 
      • Higher education policy
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    • Paul Bruno
      Advisors
      • Polikoff, Morgan
      Research Interests

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

    • Susan C. Bush-Mecenas
      USC Provost's PhD Fellowship
      Advisors
      • Marsh, Julie
      Research Interests

      organizational learning, politics/power, capacity building, accountability, governance, school district reform

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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

    • Edward J. Cremata
      Rossier Dean's Fellowship
      Advisors
        Research Interests

        Quantitative Research Methods, Qualitative Research Methods, Research Design, Causal Inference, Big Data, Education Policy, School Choice.

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

         culturally relevent 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 culture as they relate to the experiences, perceptions, and retention of underrepresented students; 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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      • 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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      • Roman Liera
        Rossier Dean's Fellowship
        Advisors
        • Bensimon, Estela
        Research Interests

        a) Organizational learning and change

        b) Agency for racial equity in postsecondary education

        c) Emotional labor

        d) Transformational change

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      • Bradley Marianno
        Rossier Dean's Fellowship
        Advisors
          Research Interests

          Teachers unions, collective bargaining, K-12 education finance, teacher labor markets, educational governance

        • 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

          • Maxine Roberts
            Rossier Dean's Fellowship
            Advisors
            • Bensimon, Estela
            Research Interests

            College persistence and retention as it pertains to underserved students of color, developmental education, and institutions' responses to students' academic needs.

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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
            Advisors
            • Tynes, Brendesha
            Research Interests
            • Education as a context for social development of Black Youth
            • Online spaces as a context for identity development 
            • 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; teacher knowledge; motivation; embodiment

          • Antar A. Tichavakunda
            Rossier Dean's Fellowship
            Advisors
            • Tierney, William
            Research Interests

            College Access & Equity 

            Black Students' Experiences at Predominantly White Institutions 

            Qualitative Inquiry 

          • 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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          • James Dean Ward
            Rossier Dean's Fellowship
            Advisors
            • Tierney, William
            Research Interests

            performance-based funding; education policy; organizational theory; for-profit colleges and universities; higher education finance and economics; LGBT students

          • Marissiko M. Wheaton
            Rossier Dean's Fellowship
            Advisors
            • Kezar, Adrianna
            Research Interests

            Student activism; Social Identity; Social Justice & Diversity Education; Campus climate

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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

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          • Nan Zhou
            Rossier Dean's Fellowship
            Advisors
            • Polikoff, Morgan
            Research Interests
            • School Accountability
            • Quantitative Methodology
            • Economics of Education