Isaiah Simmons

  • 2019


Rossier Dean's Fellowship

Research Concentration

  • Higher Education

Research Interest

Policy Narratives, Equity in Policy Implementation, Sports and Culture, K-12- College Transitions, Critical Policy Analysis
Isaiah  Simmons

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  • Shaun Harper

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Isaiah Simmons (he/him) is a native of Virginia Beach, VA who received his undergraduate degree in Psychology from the College of WIlliam and Mary. Isaiah also graduated with his MPP from the University of Southern California where he is currently a PhD in Urban Education Policy. 

Isaiah's previous educational experience involves 5 years of work with the Virginia Beach City Public Schools working with middle and high school students teaching leadership skills.

Isaiah’s research interests focus on how narratives influence policy development and implementation, how those narratives can be used to oppress minoritized populations as well as the lived experiences of policy. Isaiah’s interests also consist of the influence of the culture of sports in the academic environment. In his spare time Isaiah enjoys watching and playing basketball, as well as attending concerts and trying new restaurants.