PhD A-Z

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    • Arely L. Acuña Avilez
      Rossier Dean's Fellowship
      Advisors
      • Kezar, Adrianna
      Research Interests

      College access for historically underrepresented 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 leaders’ conceptions of equity; leaders’ enactment of policies intended to mitigate racial inequity; the politics and process of educational policy change; research that directly informs the work of educational leaders

    • Jacob Alonso
      USC Provost's PhD Fellowship
      Advisors
      • Marsh, Julie
      Research Interests

      School Leaders, Mixed Methods, Critical Policy Analysis, Geospatial Inequality, School Choice

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    • Clare Baek
      Advisors
      • Aguilar, Stephen
      Research Interests
      • Learning Analytics
      • Learning Technologies
      • Student Motivation in STEM
      • Educational Technology and Students with Disabilities
      • Computer Science Education
    • Kaylan S. Baxter
      Rossier Dean's Fellowship
      Advisors
      • Harper, Shaun
      Research Interests

      Racial equity

      Institutional research

      Assessment

      Community colleges

    • James Bridgeforth
      Rossier Dean's Fellowship
      Advisors
      • Harper, Shaun
      Research Interests

      Race and education

      K-12 education policy and reform

      Privatization and charter schools

      Teacher activism

      School leadership

      College student access and persistence 

       

    • 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/ socio-emotional (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 pedagodgy, race and education; organizational and institutional theory; policy design; implementation; teacher professional 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 of the university; marginalization and mobility among underserved student populations; critical pedagogy; broad-based resistance and solidarity movements.

    • Tara-Marie Desruisseaux
      Rossier Dean's Fellowship
      Advisors
      • Quinn, David
      Research Interests

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

       

    • 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
      • Kezar, Adrianna
      • Tierney, William
      Research Interests

      racialization and racism, carcerality, critical theory and race studies, institutional change, student development

    • 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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    • Taylor Enoch-Stevens
      Advisors
      • Marsh, Julie
      • Picus, Lawrence
      Research Interests
      • Race and education
      • Equity-oriented policies
      • Critical Pedagogy
      • Culturally sustaining pedagogy
      • School finance
    • John Ezaki
      Rossier Dean's Fellowship
      Advisors
      • Copur-Gencturk, Yasemin
      Research Interests

      Mathematics teacher education; teacher knowledge; Math teaching and learning; teacher evaluation  

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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; Adolescence; Meaning-Making; Perspective-taking; Imagination

    • Jennifer Gribben
      Advisors
      • Sinatra, Gale
      Research Interests

      Environmental Education, Education Policy

       

       

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    • Matthew Hamilton
      Advisors
      • Tynes, Brendesha
      Research Interests

      Education technologies

      Race, gender, & class

      Equity 

      Play, games, & learning 

      Design-based research

      Worldbuilding

      Transmedia storytelling

       

       

       

    • Tenice S. Hardaway
      Rossier Dean's Fellowship
      Advisors
      • Polikoff, Morgan
    • Jordan Harper
      Advisors
      • Kezar, Adrianna
      Research Interests
      • Faculty and student agency
      • Power
      • Faculty life 
      • Student leadership development
    • Theresa Elpidia Hernandez
      Rossier Dean's Fellowship
      Advisors
      • Posselt, Julie
      Research Interests

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

       

    • Liane Hypolite
      Rossier Dean's Fellowship
      Advisors
      • Cole, Darnell
      Research Interests

       

      • Racial and ethnic identity development
      • Social and cultural capital
      • Racial and economic integration
      • College persistence and success
      • Critical race theory
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    • Lauren Irwin
      Advisors
      • Posselt, Julie
      Research Interests

      Leadership development, Critical Whiteness Studies, 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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    • Edgar Fidel Lopez
      Gates Millennium Scholar
      Advisors
      • Huerta, Adrian
      • Kezar, Adrianna
      Research Interests

      Campus Climate & Imposter Syndrome

      First-Generation College Students

      Immigration Issues

      Persistence in Higher Education

      Critical Race Studies

      Urban Studies & Poverty

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    • 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
      Research Interests
      • Student well-being
      • Body, Embodiment, Somatic Practices
      • Educational Technology
      • Neoliberalism and education
      • Socio-cultural theory
      • Educational philosophy
      • Ethnography
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    • Jaymon T Ortega
      Rossier Dean's Fellowship
      Advisors
      • Harper, Shaun
      Research Interests

      Black and Latino Men

      Racial Equity

      Community Colleges

      Student Athletes

      Race and Power

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    • Sarah Rabovsky
      Rossier Dean's Fellowship
      Advisors
      • Polikoff, Morgan
      Research Interests

      Accountability

      Alternative Schools

      Quantitative Methods

      Teacher Labor Markets

    • 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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    • Anamely Salgado
      Advisors
      • Aguilar, Stephen
      Research Interests

      Motivation in underrepresented students

      Self-regulated learning

      College access for immigrant and undocumented youth

    • 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
      • Academic labor
      • Workers in higher education
      • Nexus between education and criminal justice systems
      • System-impacted students
    • Deborah E. Southern
      Rossier Dean's Fellowship
      Advisors
      • Posselt, Julie
      Research Interests

      Whiteness in institutional policy, practices, and programs; white privilege; systems of racism and white supremacy; campus racial equity; 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, Racism on college campuses during the Trump era, historical legacy of racism on college campuses

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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

    • Tong Tong
      Advisors
      • Kho, Adam
      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
      • Harper, Shaun
      Research Interests

      Access to higher education; campus diversity; critical race theory; critical race praxis; gendered and racialized experiences of Black students; higher education policy; intersectionality; qualitative methods; racial campus climate; racialized inequalities in education; white fragility

    • 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
      • Posselt, Julie
      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 

      Chicana Feminist theories

       

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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

    • Elif Asli Yucel
      Advisors
      • Melguizo, Tatiana
      Research Interests

      Community College Transfer and Performance Funding

      College Access and Completion

      Higher Education Opportunities in Prisons and Jails

      School Closure

      Social Network Analysis