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, Adam Kho

      Research Interests

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

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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, equity, 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, 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
      Rossier Dean's Fellowship
      Advisors

      Julie Posselt

      Research Interests

      Teaching and learning, faculty development, equity and justice in higher education, sociocultural theories of learning, endarkened feminist epistemologies, curriculum and program design, qualitative research methods.

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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

    • Isaiah Simmons
      Rossier Dean's Fellowship
      Advisors

      Shaun Harper

      Research Interests

      Policy Narratives, Equity in Policy Implementation, Sports and Culture, K-12- College Transitions, Critical Policy Analysis

    • 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.