Graduate Student

C. Darius Gordon

C. Darius Gordon is a 4th year PhD candidate. Broadly, they study 20th century intellectual and social histories of the Black Atlantic. Drawing insights from Black educational philosophy and activism, they make the case for understanding Black educational thought in/as a series of transnational relationships, migrations, and circulations.

Specializations and Interests

Critical Theories of Race, 20th Century Intellectual and Social History, Black Geographies, Black Feminisms, Social Movements

Catherine Park

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 global/international schools have gone hand in hand. She looks specifically to the cultural politics and meaning-making processes of students, parents, teachers, and administrators within such globalizing spaces where there are city and state-wide efforts to “go global.”


Danièle Fogel

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; she does this work in conjunction with the Othering and Belonging Institute at UC Berkeley.

Danièle's dissertation studies this work, as she examines the conditions necessary for teachers to disrupt patterns of social formation and advance social change. She is researching a...

Enrique Valencia López

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 conditions and well-being; and education in Latin America.

Before coming to Berkeley, Enrique worked for Mexico’s National Institute for Educational Evaluation and Assessment (INEE) in both the Policy and Indicators area. During that time, he co-authored Mexico’s first report on...

Corrine Aramburo

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 education leadership practices; local special education administrators; supporting the education and inclusion of students with extensive support needs; attribution theory; and the social-medical model of disability.

Corrine completed her BA in English and History Education at Brigham...

Haider Ali Bhatti

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 degree in Biological Science Education at the Rutgers Graduate School of Education. After graduating, he taught high school biology and also worked at Khan Academy as a biology content fellow.

Currently, he’s a PhD student in the SESAME program at UC Berkeley where his research focuses on how we...

Edwin Carlos

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.

His research focuses on the role of ethnic/racial identity and ethnic studies on students' mental health and academic outcomes.

Specializations and Interests

Ethnic/Racial Identity; Mental Health; Ethnic Studies; Culturally Relevant Pedagogy;...

David Maldonado

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.

Specializations and Interests

Carcerality and the University

Shruti Bathia

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 segregation in schools in United States; and micro issues such as the effect of stereotype threat on educational outcomes.

Prior to UC Berkeley, she worked at Hewlett Packard as a Business Analyst. While at HP, she was teaching at a school where a majority of the students received free or...

Zoe Silverman

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 in program evaluation and education research by placing the focus of inquiry on university student tour guides as learners and emerging informal arts educators.

Using ethnographic methods, the project seeks to surface the epistemic ideology of a student gallery educator program and...