Marissiko M. Wheaton
Marissiko M. Wheaton

Marissiko M. Wheaton

Cohort: 2015

Rossier Dean's Fellowship

University of California, Irvine B.A. Social Ecology
New York University, M.A. Higher Education/Student Personnel Administration



Higher Education

Research Interest

Critical Consciousness Education; Social Justice & Diversity Education; Student Activism, Organizing and Resistance; Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership; Qualitative Research Methods

Marissiko M. Wheaton

She/Her/Hers | Marissiko is a scholar-practioner, committed to equity and social justice. She is currently a Ph.D Candidate at the University of Southern California, and is advised by Dr. Adrianna Kezar at the Pullias Center for Higher Education. Marissiko's research broadly explores issues of social identity, resistance and leadership. Her dissertation, titled: Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Critical Race Resistance, unpacks the unique and complicated experiences of APIDA college students committed to racial justice. In addition to her dissertation work, Marissiko is on a research project exploring the leadership lessons learned by administrators and faculty at the University of Missouri, following the campus racial crisis in 2015. For the past four years, she has also served as a qualitative researcher on a large mixed-methods study, examining the experiences of low-income and first-generation college students.

Prior to beginning her PhD, Marissiko worked in Student Affairs and Higher Education. She has served as a Residence Hall Director and social justice educator/coordinator. Marissiko's experience includes training as an Intergroup Dialogue facilitator, advisor and coordinator to international and domestic civic engagement programs, and Residential Life/Diversity Educator for the opening of NYU Shanghai. A Residence Hall Director, Marissiko oversaw programming, crisis response, faculty engagement, and oversaw living-learning communities. She also sailed as a Resident Director/ Service Learning coordinator during the Fall 2014 Atlantic Voyage on Semester at Sea. In alignment with her research, Marissiko enjoys facilitating programs that provide students with a space to explore social identity through a social justice lens.

Marissiko attended Santa Monica College and transferred to the University of California, Irvine where she earned her B.A. in Social Ecology. She obtained her M.A. in Higher Education/Student Personnel Administration from NYU.


Professional Experience:

Research Assistant, Pullias Center for Higher Education, Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California, August 2015 - Present

Coordinator of Social Justice Programs, Social Justice Resource Center, Mills College, January 2015 - August 2015

Resident Director of Service-Learning, Fall 2014 Atlantic Voyage, Semester at Sea: Institute of Shipboard Education, August 2014 - December 2014

Residence Hall Director, Office of Residential Life and Housing Services, New York University, August 2009 - August 2014

Diversity and Residential Life Consultant,  NYU Shanghai, June - August 2013

Advisor, Center for Student Activities, Leadership and Service, New York University, August 2007 - May 2009

Honors and Awards:

Rossier Internal Research Grant -- $1,500

Selected Publications

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