Tom DePaola

  • 2015


USC Provost's PhD Fellowship

Research Concentration

  • 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.
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  • Adrianna Kezar

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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.