Tasminda K Dhaliwal
Tasminda K Dhaliwal

Tasminda K Dhaliwal

Cohort: 2016

Rossier Dean's Fellowship

Ed.M Harvard Graduate School of Education, 2016
B.A University of California, Berkeley, 2010


K-12 Education Policy

Research Interest

Educational equity; quantitative methods; school discipline; school finance; homeless students; neighborhood effects; critical policy studies 


Tasminda K Dhaliwal

Tasmin is advised by Katharine Strunk (Michigan State University) and Morgan Polikoff (University of Southern California). Her research draws on quantitative methods to examine the effects of policies designed to promote equity in K12 education. She is currently examining school finance, discipline, and choice policies. Her interests include examining the effects of neighborhood and community factors on schools, teachers, and students. Tasmin's research is informed by her time as first and second grade teacher in Houston, TX. Prior to joining the Urban Education Policy Ph.D. program, Tasmin received a masters in Education Policy & Management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a bachelors in Political Economy from the University of California, Berkeley. 


Professional Experience:

University of Southern California

Research Assistant, August 2016-Present

Pearson PLC

Research Associate, Center for Digital Data, Analytic & Adaptive Learning, July 2013-July 2016

Teach for America

Manager, Teacher Leadership Development, June 2012-June 2013

KIPP Houston Public Schools

Teacher, August 2010-May 2012

Selected Publications

  • Koretz, D., Yu, C., Mbekeani, P.P., Langi, M., Dhaliwal, T.K., & Braslow, D. (2016). Predicting freshman grade-point average from college-admissions and state high-school test scores. AERA Open, 2(4), 1-13.
  • Hashim, A., Strunk, K.O., & Dhaliwal, T.K. (2018). Justice for all? Suspension bans and restorative justice programs in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Peabody Journal of Education 93.2 (2018): 174-189.

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