Tom  DePaola

Tom DePaola

Cohort: 2015

USC Provost's PhD Fellowship


Adrianna Kezar


Higher Education

Research Interest

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.

Tom DePaola

Tom DePaola is a graduate research assistant and provost's fellow in urban education working with Dr. Adrianna Kezar. Prior to joining the Rossier, he earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and literature from Purchase College (SUNY) and spent five years working as an adjunct instructor and administrator at Bronx Community College (CUNY). Tom spends a lot of time thinking about cities and his primary research interests center on issues of land and labor in higher education.


Professional Experience:

  • Research Assistant, Pullias Center for Higher Education, Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California, August 2015 - Present
  • Provost's Fellow in Urban Education Policy, Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California, August 2015 - Present
  • Internship Coordinator, Bronx Community College, Criminal Justice Program, New York, NY, January 2012 - July 2015
  • Activity Coordinator, Bronx Community College, Division of Academic Affairs, New York, NY, Septermber 2011 - July 2015
  • Adjunct Instructor, Bronx Community College, First-Year Program, New York, NY, September 2012 - May 2015
  • Member:
    • American Educational Research Association (AERA) Divs. G+J
    • Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE)

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