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

      educational equity; race and education; organizational and institutional theory; policy design; implementation; finance; accountability; instructional reform; qualitative research methods

    • 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
      • Strunk, Katharine
      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
      • Strunk, Katharine
      Research Interests

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

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    • Robert W Danielson
      Rossier Dean's Fellowship
      Advisors
      • Sinatra, Gale
      Research Interests

      Promoting conceptual change across various controversial science topics using metaphorical graphics, digital media, and refutation texts in both formal and informal learning environments.

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

      Higher education and urban political economy; contingent academic labor and the politics of university work; higher education's role in urban restructuring and gentrification; the "public good mission" of higher education; insititutional marginalization and mobility among underserved student populations; critical pedagogy; resistance and solidarity movements; student debt.

    • Tasminda Dhaliwal
      Advisors
      • Marsh, David
    • 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

       

    • Hovanes Gasparian
      Advisors
      • Polikoff, Morgan
      Research Interests
      • Textbook Adoption
      • Curricular Efficacy
      • Educational Technology
    • 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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    • Alana Kennedy
      Advisors
      • Patall, Erika
      • Sinatra, Gale
    • Kate Kennedy
      Rossier Dean's Fellowship
      Advisors
      • Marsh, Julie
      Research Interests

      social-emotional learning; moral school leadership; ethical administration under a white supremacist regime; transformative leadership; teacher happiness; creativity; community engagement; data use; flow experiences; leadership pipelines in P-12 systems; effective teachers; value-added analysis

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

      School Segregation and Academic Tracking, College persistence for underrepresented youth, Urban High Schools, Teaching for Civic Engagement, Social Media and Education, Culturally Relevant Pedagogy.

    • Shira A. Korn
      Advisors
      • Polikoff, Morgan
    • 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
      • Strunk, Katharine
      Research Interests

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

    • 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

      Higher Education; English learners; College Access; Equity; Education Policy; Quantitative Methods; Mixed Methods; Community Colleges;  College Outcomes

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    • Sarah Rabovsky
      Rossier Dean's Fellowship
      Advisors
      • Strunk, Katharine
      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

      Daniel's research agenda is grounded in a commitment to higher education’s role in promoting equity and democracy.

      Student experiences and learning, racial equity, change, organizational dynamics, governance, technology, and the nature of work in academia are among Daniel’s research interest.

    • Deborah E. Southern
      Rossier Dean's Fellowship
      Advisors
      • Posselt, Julie
      Research Interests

      Privilege, campus climate, race

    • 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
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    • Ian Thacker
      Rossier Dean's Fellowship
      Advisors
      • Sinatra, Gale
      Research Interests
      • Math and science teaching and learning
      • 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 

    • Adrian Trinidad
      Rossier Dean's Fellowship
      Advisors
      • Bensimon, Estela
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    • David Velasquez
      Gates Millennium Scholar
      Advisors
      • Melguizo, Tatiana
      Research Interests
      • College access, persistence, and completion
      • Mathematics Education
      • Community Colleges
    • 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
      • Cole, Darnell
      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