Benefits and Career Paths

Program Benefits

We support our PhD students with ideal conditions for intellectual growth. Students are matched with top faculty to collaborate on a program of research that leads to pre-graduation publications and conference presentations. Students also benefit from:

Career Paths

The intellectually rigorous and cutting edge curriculum of the PhD in Urban Education Policy is designed to engage students in a depth and breadth of professional experiences which will serve them throughout their careers as researchers. Our PhD students are positioned for research careers as tenure-track faculty, postdocs, research faculty, institutional researchers and researchers in policy institutes.

Some Current Appointments

PhD Alumni Title Institution
Daniel Almeida ’16 Assistant Professor Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
John Beltramo ’16 Assistant Professor Regis University
Michelle Hall ’16 Postdoctoral Research Scholar University of Southern California
David Knight ’16 Researcher UT El Paso Center for Education Research and Policy Studies
Diane Mendoza ’16 Adjunct Professor University of California- Irvine
Stephani Wrabel ’16 Associate Policy Researcher RAND
Rodolfo (Rudy) Acosta ’15 Vice President of Programs Puente Learning Center
Andrea Bingham ’15 Assistant Professor University of Colorado Colorado Springs
Michelle Castellanos ’15 Institutional Research Associate Loyola Marymount University
Julia Duncheon ’15 Assistant Professor University of Texas- El Paso
Monica Esqueda ’15 Assistant Professor Old Dominion
Kristen Fong ’15 Research Analyst Cerritos College
Sean Gehrke ’15 Director of IPRA Lewis-Clark State College
Sophia Hiss ’15 Research Analyst Cerritos College
Alice Huguet ’15 Postdoctoral Research Scholar Northwestern University
Constance Iloh ’15 Assistant Professor UC Irvine
Holly Kosiewicz ’15 Director of Policy Development Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
Daniel Maxey ’15 Provost’s Fellow Strategic Initiatives and Policy Development Santa Clara University
Bryan Rodriguez ’15 Director of Graduate Studies Resource Center CSU Long Beach
Jenna Sablan ’15 Congressional Fellow American Educational Research Association
Elena Son ’15 Research Professor Korea University
Kathryn Struthers ’15 Adjunct Professor Bank Street College of Education and at Barnard College
Richard Welsh ’15 Assistant Professor University of Georgia
Robin Bishop ’14 Assistant Professor Mount St. Mary’s College
Matthew Duque ’14 Researcher Harvard Strategic Data Project
Benjamin Heddy ’14 Assistant Professor University of Oklahoma
Raquel Rall ’14 Assistant Professor University of California Riverside
Misty Sawatzky ’14 Adjunct Professor California State University- Long Beach & Mount St. Mary’s College
Keith Witham ’14 Deputy Director Aspen Institute College Excellence Program
Ji Zhou ’14 Institutional Research Associate University of Southern California
Araceli Espinoza ’13 Special Programs Coordinator University of Tennessee- Knoxville
Megan Hervey-Chase ’13 Research and Policy Specialist Center for Urban Education, USC
Tiffany Jones ’13 Director Higher Education Policy at Education Trust
Stefani Relles ’13 Assistant Professor University of Nevada- Las Vegas
Randall Clemens ’12 Assistant Professor St. John’s University
Kris DePedro ’12 Assistant Professor Chapman University
Caitlin Farrell ’12 Director, National Center for Research in Policy and Practice University of Colorado Boulder
Chuan (Ally) Kuzin ’12 Adjunct Professor Western Washington University
Jonathan Mathis ’12 Director of Education and Training National Association for College Admission Counseling
Andrew McEachin ’12 Associate Policy Researcher Rand
Icela Pelayo ’12 State Director New Mexico Bilingual Multicultural Education Bureau
Cecile Sam ’12 Assistant Professor Rowan University
Dara Zeehandelaar ’12 National Research Director Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Elizabeth Butler ’11 Curriculum Specialist San Diego School District
Lisa Garcia ’11 UC President’s Office University of California
Kathrine Moulton ’11 Director of Enrollment Research University of Southern California
June Ahn ’10 Associate Professor New York University
Michelle Braun-Nayfack ’10 Researcher American Institutes for Research
Hyojin Lim ’10 Research Faculty Brain and Motivation Research Institute- Korea University
Jarrett Gupton ’09 Assistant Professor University of Minnesota
Ronald Hallett ’09 Associate Professor University of the Pacific
Brianna Kennedy ’09 Assistant Professor University of Florida
Lu (Sunny) Liu ’09 Assistant Professor University of La Verne
Sean Early ’08 Educational Technology Consultant Catalyst SLP
Lindsey Malcom-Piqueux ’08 Associate Director for Research and Policy Center for Urban Education, USC
Vicki Park ’08 Director of Research University of California- San Diego
Margaret Sallee ’08 Associate Professor University of Buffalo