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Abby Slovick (she/her) is a first-year doctoral student in the Policy, Politics, and Leadership cluster exploring how sociopolitical dynamics influence the institution of schooling. Her research interests encompass a variety of topics, including technology in education, market-based solutions to...Read more about Abby Slovick
Alice Taylor is a PhD candidate in the Graduate School of Education. She is pursuing a designated emphasis in the department of Gender and Women’s studies. Her research interests include: (1) education and social movements; (2) critical studies of race, class, and gender, and youth studies...Read more about Alice Taylor
Allison Bradford is a doctoral student in the Learning Sciences and Human Development Cluster within the Graduate School of Education. She received her BS in Physics from the University of Maryland, and was a high school math and science teacher before attending graduate school. ...Read more about Allison Bradford
Allison Firestone is a 5th-year PhD candidate in the Graduate School of Education. Her research focuses broadly on preservice teacher education and capacity building for inclusive, equity-centered practices in future teachers. Her dissertation is a mixed methods design experiment that...Read more about Allison Firestone
Milly's research explores how student engagement in mathematical disciplinary practices can be leveraged towards advancing conceptual understanding of mathematics content. With a BA and MA in mathematics, Milly is interested in bringing powerful mathematics to all students. She has...Read more about Amelia Farid
Amy Banas is a doctoral student under the supervision of Dr. Elliot Turiel. She is a former NCAA Division I student-athlete and holds master's degrees in Global Studies and the Intersection of Sport and Education. Her master's thesis explored the use of sport in global peace and...Read more about Amy Banas
Andrew Galpern started his career teaching at Jefferson Elementary School and has worked as a classroom teacher; curriculum developer; program evaluator; and educational researcher. His current research interests include: assessment literacy; teacher education; assessment in Science and...Read more about Andrew Galpern
Andrew Estrada Phuong is a Chancellor’s Fellow, consultant, and program developer. He has a master's degree from Harvard University and has conducted mixed-methods experimental research. Phuong has studied how adaptive equity-oriented pedagogies and instructor professional development...Read more about Andrew Phuong
Anna Zarkh is a PhD candidate in the Graduate Group in Science and Mathematics Education (SESAME). She holds BA and MA degrees in Mathematics, and a teaching certificate from Israel. Anna’s research focuses on university mathematics education, specializing in socio-cultural theories,...Read more about Anna Zarkh
Arlyn Moreno Luna is a doctoral student in the Critical Studies of Race, Class, and Gender program at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Education. Her scholarly interests include access and equity in higher education for first-generation and traditionally underrepresented students; students...Read more about Arlyn Moreno Luna
Ashley Zhou is a PhD student in the Joint Doctoral Program in Special Education at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education and San Francisco State University. Originally from New Jersey, she completed her undergraduate thesis on Asian American women’s mental health and affective...Read more about Ashley Zhou
Bowen is passionate about promoting the crucial role of input in learning a foreign language, that is, reading/listening to/watching what fascinates the learner in large amounts. He hopes to bridge the gap between research and the language learning/teaching practice by translating research...Read more about Bowen Wang
Brittney's research is focused on language development and, in particular, how children develop relational concepts through social interaction and embodied activity. Her current projects are related to language development among children who communicate using Augmentative and Alternative...Read more about Brittney Cooper
Son of a Black father and Ethiopian American mother, Caleb E. Dawson resides on and recognizes the unceded land of the Ohlone people, also known as the San Francisco Bay Area of California. Caleb is a playful community organizer who loves to dance and indulge in food that tastes too good...Read more about Caleb Dawson
In a radically interconnected world, Catherine’s research focuses on how ethical, sociocultural, educational desires have turned toward the global. More specifically, she situates her current research project in rapidly urbanizing spaces in China, where urban development and the growth of...Read more about Catherine Park
Parker is a doctoral candidate in the Cognition and Development cluster at the Graduate School of Education. Parker's research interests lie at the intersection of education policy, teacher education, and transformational justice. She is currently conducting dissertation research on...Read more about Clare Parker
Collette is a PhD student working at the intersection of Computer Science (CS) Education and Learning Sciences (LS). She has worked across a number of critical computing education projects and their respective incredible teams. One such incredible team includes Dr. Michelle Wilkerson and...Read more about Collette Roberto
Corrine Aramburo is a doctoral candidate in the Joint Doctoral Program in Special Education at UC Berkeley and San Francisco State University. Her research interests include special education teacher preparation; special education teacher knowledge; on-site administration; special...Read more about Corrine Aramburo
Cynthia Valencia-Ayala is a PhD candidate in the School Psychology program and a practicing school psychologist. Prior to coming to Berkeley and throughout her time in graduate school, Cynthia has worked to provide culturally relevant mental health services to youth experiencing carceral...Read more about Cynthia Valencia-Ayala
Danièle Fogel is doctoral candidate in the Critical Studies of Race, Class, and Gender cluster at the Graduate School of Education at UC Berkeley. She works to develop rigorous, interdisciplinary, and critical professional development for teachers on issues of racial and social justice;...Read more about Danièle Fogel
David is a formerly incarcerated PhD candidate in the Graduate School of Education. He grew up in Berkeley and Oakland and is interested in refusing/unsettling/troubling the logics of the university and the Carceral State from an abolitionist autonomous sensibility.
David Stevens is a doctoral student in the Social Research Methodologies cluster at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education. His research interests center on the development of alternative models for educational data analysis and their practical applications including informing...Read more about David Stevens
Diana Casanova is a fourth-year doctoral candidate whose research examines the policies and practices that empower family and community stakeholders to affect social change. Her work explores the ways that families and communities participate in and impact education policymaking,...Read more about Diana Casanova
Edwin Carlos (He/Him) is a 1st year PhD student in the School Psychology program at the Graduate School of Education. He is a 2nd generation Filipino American from Renton, Wash., and graduated with a Bachelor's of Arts in psychology and a minor in education from Stanford University in 2020...Read more about Edwin Carlos
Enrique Valencia López is a PhD student in the Policy, Politics and Leadership cluster at the Graduate School of Education. His research interests relate to three broad areas: the stratification of education by gender, immigration status and ethnicity; the measurement of teacher working...Read more about Enrique Valencia López
Frances Free Ramos is from Yauco, a small country town in Puerto Rico known for its coffee, lush green mountains, and red-orange clay earth. She has lived in the Bay Area since first moving to Berkeley for undergraduate studies.
After obtaining a teaching credential and...Read more about Frances Free Ramos
Originally from Pakistan, Ali and his family immigrated to the United States and eventually settled in Englewood, New Jersey. As a proud New Jerseyan, he stayed in New Jersey and earned his Bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences at Rutgers University–New Brunswick, followed by a Master's...Read more about Haider Ali Bhatti
Heather Fink is a PhD candidate in Mathematics Education at the University of California, Berkeley. She has BA degrees in Economics and Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences from Northwestern University. In addition, she has a single-subject mathematics teaching credential from Mills...Read more about Heather Fink
Hoyun Kim is a student in the 2020 cohort of the GSE's Education PhD program. Her research interests include the role of higher education; equity in higher education; and topics pertaining to student trajectory, such as student agency and peer/teacher effects.
Prior to the program, Hoyun...Read more about Hoyun Kim
Isabella C. Brown is both a Marcus Foster and Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program Fellow. She holds an MA from San Francisco State University and is a second-year PhD student in the Joint Doctoral Program with the University of California, Berkeley. In Spring 2019, she was appointed to the...Read more about Isabella Brown
Jake grew up in rural New Hampshire in a family of teachers, and learned to admire educators from an early age. In college, he did his best to reconcile his interests in climate science and storytelling, graduating from Harvard with a BA in Environmental Science & Public Policy and a minor...Read more about Jacob Barton
Jeremy’s research explores the role of venture philanthropy in K-12 education. More specifically, he is interested in the role of philanthropic organizations that are founded by or led by people of color. Using political science as a disciplinary framework, his work explores the relationship...Read more about Jeremy Martin
Joy Esboldt is a doctoral candidate in the Critical Studies of Race, Class, and Gender cluster at the University of California, Berkeley’s Graduate School of Education. Her research focuses on teachers’ learning about race, racism, and anti-racism as it intersects with gender and cultural...Read more about Joy Esboldt
Julian Levine grew up in Berkeley, and has lived here most of his life. He completed his undergraduate degree in economics at UC San Diego (with a minor in psychology). After that, he spent a few years working as an English instructor in Seoul, and volunteering with TNKR (Teach North Korean...Read more about Julian Levine
Julien Putz is a first-year doctoral student in the Graduate Group of Science and Mathematics Education (SESAME) at UC Berkeley. His primary advisor is Prof. Dor Abrahamson and he is an active member of the Embodied Design Research Laboratory. He is interested in understanding and modelling the...Read more about Julien Putz
Kelly is a first-year doctoral student at the University of California, Berkeley. As a former science teacher in Oakland, Calif., Kelly’s work is deeply informed by her teaching experience and former students. Her research interests include STEM teacher education, science curriculum development...Read more about Kelly Billings
Kevin Quintero (He/Him/His) is a PhD student in the Policy, Politics, and Leadership cluster at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Education. Kevin’s research interests are using methodological and theoretical approaches to reveal the causes of political, social, and educational inequalities. His...Read more about Kevin Quintero
A California Bay Area native, Laleh has always been interested in education, music, writing, and people. In her 20s, she discovered a passion for human health and began studying biology at the local community college. As an undergraduate, she was involved in research in molecular biology;...Read more about Laleh Coté
As a Learning Scientist, Darryl's research investigates how STEM students can academically excel within oppressive social systems filled with negative gender and racial stereotypes.
He is interested in designing means, as informed by the theory of embodied cognition, by which...Read more about Lieutenant Darryl Diptee
Maedeh Golshirazi is a PhD candidate in the School Psychology program at UC Berkeley. Before coming to Berkeley, Maedeh received her MA in Child Development from Tufts University, and BA in Psychology from Isfahan University, Iran.
Maedeh's research interests include social-emotional...Read more about Maedeh Golshirazi
María Rojas is a Chilean PhD candidate at the Graduate School of Education at UC Berkeley. In Chile, she earned her Bachelor’s degree in journalism and worked as a journalist for international affairs at CNN Chile. She became interested in specializing in education after working for two years as...Read more about María Rojas
Mónica Zegers is a PhD candidate in the Human Development and Education program at the GSE. She was born and raised in Chile, where she earned a BA in Psychology and a professional degree in Clinical Psychology, both at Pontificia Universidad Católica of Chile. She later worked for two years as...Read more about Mónica Zegers Larrain
Pa Vue is a PhD student in the Critical Studies of Race, Class, and Gender cluster at the Graduate School of Education at UC Berkeley. She was born in Thailand and came to the U.S. in 1990. The oldest of seven children, she became the first person in her family to earn a college degree.
Qifan Zhang is a PhD student in the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley, with a concentration in Policy, Politics, and Leadership. Qifan graduated from Tianjin University and received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. From there, she continued...Read more about Qifan Zhang
Rachel Williams is a PhD candidate in the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley. Her work explores the linkages between the political economy, segregation, education policy, and Black politics. Her dissertation utilizes qualitative and spatial methods to examine...Read more about Rachel Elizabeth Williams
Renee Starowicz is a doctoral candidate in the Joint Program in Special Education at the University of California, Berkeley and San Francisco State University (SFSU). She completed her BA in Psychology at Le Moyne College and her MS in Cultural Foundations of Education with a Certificate of...Read more about Renee Starowicz
Rose Cartwright is a doctoral candidate in the Graduate School of Education’s School Psychology program, where she earned her Personal Pupil Services (PPS) credential with a specialization in School Psychology. She works under the advisement of Professor Elliot Turiel – as well as other faculty...Read more about Rose Cartwright
Sandra Zuñiga-Ruiz is a doctoral candidate in the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to her education at Berkeley, she obtained a BS in Mathematics from CSU Monterey Bay and an MA in Mathematics from San Francisco State University. As a mathematics...Read more about Sandra Zuñiga-Ruiz
Sarah Manchanda is pursuing a PhD in Special Education in the Joint Doctoral Program between the University of California, Berkeley and San Francisco State University. Sarah graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications. She then taught for three...Read more about Sarah Manchanda
Shruti's research focuses on exploring inequalities in education. She believes that the undeniable relationship between racial inequalities and educational inequalities represents a societal failure that betrays the spirit of humanity. She is looking at macro issues such as racial and economic...Read more about Shruti Bathia
Sofia Tancredi conducts design-based research on sensory and perceptual aspects of learning with an emphasis on neurodiverse learners’ sensory experiences, drawing upon embodied cognition theory. Her work is inspired by her background working with K-12 learners, particularly students identified...Read more about Sofia Tancredi
Talia Leibovitz (she/her/hers) is a doctoral candidate in School Psychology in the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research explores how white parents’ school choices for their children are informed and shaped by policy; notions of merit;...Read more about Talia Leibovitz
Vicky is a PhD candidate in the SESAME program and a member of the CoRE lab (Computational Representations in Education). She is interested in better understanding and supporting productive engagement in mathematical argumentation. Proofs have a central place in her work, and she employs low-...Read more about Vasiliki (Vicky) Laina
Wai’s work as a teacher is rooted in her belief in the ingenuity of youth, and the rich linguistic and cultural assets they have to offer to their schools and communities. She views her role in the classroom as a facilitator and seeks to cultivate reciprocal teaching and learning partnerships...Read more about Wai Ho
Weiying is a first-year doctoral student in Learning Sciences and Human Development cluster in the Graduate School of Education at UC Berkeley. She is interested in pedagogy, learning, and educational technologies in different cultural settings and in rural areas.
Yared is a PhD student in the Learning Sciences and Human Development cluster at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Education with a focus on Language, Literacy, and Culture. Before graduate school, Yared was a community organizer and educator in South Philadelphia where she worked with the Latinx...Read more about Yared Portillo
Yi (Joe) Zhou is an international student from China. He is a PhD student in the Learning Sciences and Human Development cluster at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Education, advised by Professor Elliot Turiel. Yi is hugely interested in the broad topic of morality, and enjoys reading ethical...Read more about Yi Zhou
Zoe Silverman is a doctoral student in the Learning Science and Human Development cluster. She is interested in object-based teaching and learning; sensory studies; material culture; museum historiography; embodied cognition; and decolonizing methodologies. Her current project addresses a lacuna...Read more about Zoe Silverman