Benefits & 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
Susan Bush-Mecenas ’18 Postdoctoral Research Scholar Northwestern University
Bradley Marianno ’18 Assistant Professor University of Nevada Las Vegas
Antar Tichavakunda ’18 Assistant Professor University of Cincinnati
Nan Zhou ’18 Education Director USA – UES
Samantha Bernstein ‘17 Postdoctoral Research Scholar USC Rossier School of Education
Sharla Berry ’17 Assistant Professor California Lutheran University
Cheryl Ching ’17 Postdoctoral Research Scholar University of Massachusetts Boston
Robert Danielson ’17 Assistant Professor Washington State University
Joyce Gomez-Najarro ’17 Assistant Professor Azusa Pacific University
Ayesha Hashim ’17 Postdoctoral Research
USC Rossier School of Education
Michael Lanford ’17 Postdoctoral Research Scholar USC Pullias Center for Higher Education
Q. Tien Le ‘17 Senior Program and Policy Analyst Los Angeles Unified School District
Federick Ngo ’17 Assistant Professor University Nevada Las Vegas
Jason Robinson ‘17 Director of Professional Development Pasadena City College
Stephani Wrabel ’17 Associate Policy Researcher Rand
Daniel Almeida ’16 Assistant Professor Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
John Beltramo ’16 Assistant Professor Regis University
Michelle Hall ’16 Director of Program Assessment and Improvement Chapman University
David Knight ’16 Assistant Professor University Texas El Paso
Andrew LaFave ‘16 Information Expert for the Social Sciences Occidental College
Jahni Smith ’16 Researcher RenaissanceRe
Vanessa Vongkulluksn ’16 Postdoctoral Research
The Ohio State University
Alice Huguet ’15 Associate Policy
Andrea Bingham ’15 Assistant Professor University of Colorado – Colorado Springs
Bryan Rodriguez ’15 Director, Graduate
Studies Resource Center
California State University Long Beach
Constance Iloh ’15 Assistant Professor University of California Irvine
Daniel Maxey ’15 Chief of Staff University of Wyoming
Elena Son ’15 Research Professor Korea University
Holly Kosiewicz ’15 Director of Policy
The Texas Higher Education Coordinator Board
Jenna Sablan ’15 Postdoctoral Research Scholar University of Maryland College Park
Julia Duncheon ’15 Assistant Professor University of Texas-El Paso
Kathryn Struthers ’15 Adjunct Professor,
Student Eaching Supervisor
Barnard College
Kristen Fong ’15 Senior Researcher RP Group
Michelle Castellanos ’15 Associate Director of
Survey Research
Loyola Marymount University
Monica Esqueda ’15 Faculty Developer Center for Educational Effectiveness UC Davis
Richard Welsh ’15 Assistant Professor University of Georgia
Rodolfo (Rudy) Acosta ’15 Vice President of
PUENTE Learning Centers
Sable Manson ’15 Souljourners Program
Director, Religious Life
University of Southern California
Sean Gehrke ’15 Director of
Institutional Research
Everett Community College
Sophia Hiss ’15 Data Consultant Various Organizations
Benjamin Heddy ’14 Assistant Professor University of Oklahoma
Ji Zhou ’14 Institutional
Research Analyst
University of Southern California Marshall School of Business
Keith Witham ’14 Deputy Director The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program
Matthew Duque ’14 Education Research
DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE)
Misty Sawatzky ’14 Lecturer and Data
California State University Long Beach
Robin Bishop ’14 Assistant Professor Mount St. Mary’s University
Tracey Weinstein ’14 Senior Director of
Data and Research
Deans for Impact
Araceli Espinoza ’13 Adjunct Assistant
University of Southern California
Megan Hervey-Chase ’13 Project Specialist University of Southern California Center for Urban Education
Stefani Relles ’13 Assistant Professor University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Tiffany Jones ’13 Director of Higher
Education Policy
Education Trust
Andrew McEachin ’12 Associate Policy
Caitlin Farrell ’12 Director, National
Center for Research in Policy and Practice
University of Colorado Boulder
Cecile Sam ’12 Assistant Professor Rowan University
Dara Zeehandelaar ’12 National Research
Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Icela Pelayo ’12 Director, Bilingual
Multicultural Education Bureau
New Mexico Public Education Department
Jonathan Mathis ’12 Director, National
Honor Societies
National Association of Secondary School Principals
Kris De Pedro ’12 Assistant Professor Chapman University
Randall Clemens ’12 Associate Professor St. Johns University
Elizabeth Butler ’11 TOSA-Math
Instructional Coach
Escondido Union High School District
Kathrine Moulton ’11 Research Psychologist Western Psychological Services
HyoJin Lim ’10 Research Faculty Brain and Motivation Research Institute- Korea University
June Ahn ’10 Associate Professor University of California Irvine
Michelle Nayfack ’10 Senior Researcher,
System Improvement and Policy
Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE)
Brianna Kennedy-Lewis ’09 Associate Professor Utrecht University in the Netherlands
Jarrett Gupton ’09 Assistant Professor University of Minnesota
Lu Liu ’09 Assistant Professor University of La Verne
Ronald Hallett ’09 Associate Professor University of the Pacific
Gokce Gokalp ’08 Assistant Professor Middle East Technical University
Lindsey Malcom-Piqueux ’08 Associate Director
for Research and Policy
University of Southern California Center for Urban Education
Margaret Sallee ’08 Associate Professor SUNY University at Buffalo
Vicki Park ’08 Director of Research University of California San Diego – PATHWAYS to Postsecondary Success