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Research Doctoral Student Directory

The following is a directory of students currently enrolled in an Ed.D. or Ph.D. program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Note: This is an opt-in directory, and does not represent every student enrolled in the doctoral programs.

Doctoral Student Directory: Ed.L.D. Students | Ed.D. / Ph.D. Students

Frannie Abernethy
Email Frannie Abernethy at fabernethy@g.harvard.edu

Frannie Abernethy

Interests: Literacy Development, Discussion-Based Learning, Teacher Training, The Minority Teacher Pipeline, Academic Language, Early Childhood, Adolescent Literacy

Frannie Abernethy's research focuses on language and literacy development, and mitigating barriers to high-quality language environments.

Gladys Aguilar
Email Gladys Aguilar at gaguilar@g.harvard.edu

Gladys Aguilar

Interests: Biliteracy, Bilingualism, Race and Ethnicity, Immigrant Families, Language Minority Children, Socio-Emotional Development, Adult-Child Interactions

Gladys Aguilar's research focuses on the bilingual, biliteracy, and socio-emotional development of language for minority children and the role parents, caregivers, and teachers have in shaping this development.

Maya Alkateb-Chami
Email Maya Alkateb-Chami at malkateb@g.harvard.edu Maya Alkateb-Chami's LinkedIn Page Maya Alkateb-Chami's Twitter

Maya Alkateb-Chami

Interests: Critical Pedagogy, Decolonial Education, Cultural and Linguistic Rights, Youth Empowerment, Anthropology and Education

Maya Alkateb-Chami’s research focuses on youth empowerment in politically challenging spaces.


Lily An
Email Lily An at lily_an@g.harvard.edu Lily An's LinkedIn Page Lily An's Website

Lily An

Concentration: Education Policy and Program Evaluation (EPPE)

Interests: Measurement, Causal Inference, Program Evaluation, Equity, Fairness, Policy

Lily An studies educational measurement and causal inference as a Ph.D. student and Presidential Scholar at HGSE. Her research involves analyzing longitudinal tests and improving evaluation methods.
 


Linda Andreev
Email Linda Andreev at linda_andreev@g.harvard.edu

Linda Andreev

Interests: Language and Literacy, Instruction/Pedagogy, Scaffolding, Differentiation, Bilingualism

Linda Andreev focuses on supporting the language and literacy development and academic content learning of newly arrived immigrant youth in the secondary grades.

Nicholas Balisciano
Email Nicholas Balisciano at nbalisciano@fas.harvard.edu Nicholas Balisciano's Website

Nicholas Balisciano

Interests: Collaborative Professional Learning, Group Dynamics, Educational Theory Development, Institutional Forces, Pedagogical Change, Curriculum Reform, Stakeholder Collaboration

Nicholas Balisciano is a mixed-methods, interdisciplinary researcher. He studies group, organizational, and institutional factors that influence how educators and researchers generate, codify, and change pedagogical knowledge and practice in collaboration with each other and other stakeholders.


Becca Bassett
Email Becca Bassett at rebecca_bassett@g.harvard.edu Becca Bassett's Website

Becca Bassett

Concentration: Culture, Institutions, and Society (CIS)

Interests: First-Generation College Students, Higher Education, Equity, Ethnography, Cultural Sociology, Organizational Change

Becca Bassett draws on cultural sociology and organizational theory to examine how universities can change to become more equitable organizations and better serve their low-income, first-generation students. She founded and leads the Freedom Project Alumni College Success Program. 


Samantha Batel Kane
Email Samantha Batel Kane at sbatel@g.harvard.edu Samantha Batel Kane's LinkedIn Page Samantha Batel Kane's Website

Samantha Batel Kane

Concentration: Education Policy and Program Evaluation (EPPE)

Interests: Economics of Education, Education Policy, Information and Decision-Making, Labor Economics

Samantha Batel Kane’s research interests are in the economics of education, including the impact of federal, state, and district-level policies on academic and labor market outcomes, as well as the effect of information on education decision-making.


Masha Bertling
Email Masha Bertling at mbertling@g.harvard.edu Masha Bertling's Twitter

Masha Bertling

Interests: Psychometrics, Policy, Heterogeneity, Causal Inference

Masha Bertling's focus is on advancing psychometric and statistical models to better inform educational policies and practices; and improving the measurement of learning outcomes and effect sizes to enable scientifically valid comparisons across countries and contexts.

Lucian Bessmer
Email Lucian Bessmer at bessmer@fas.harvard.edu Lucian Bessmer's LinkedIn Page Lucian Bessmer's Twitter

Lucian Bessmer

Interests: Higher Education, History of Knowledge Production, History of Science, History Of 20th Century U.S., Data-Informed Higher Ed Decision-Making, Professionalization of Education

Lucian Bessmer is a historian of education. He is particularly interested in the history of professional schools, the relationship between society, corporations, and the production of knowledge, and higher education governance.

Megan Bogia
Email Megan Bogia at mbogia@g.harvard.edu

Megan Bogia

Interests: Higher Education, Political Theory

Megan Bogia studies the role of higher education in democracy.

Sarah Bruhn
Email Sarah Bruhn at sarahbruhn@g.harvard.edu Sarah Bruhn's Website

Sarah Bruhn

Interests: Immigration, Motherhood, Family Engagement, Place

Sarah Bruhn studies how gender and place inform immigrants' experiences of belonging. Her dissertation examines the relationships between Latina immigrant mothers and their children's schools in the context of a Sanctuary City.

Mark Chin
Email Mark Chin at mark_chin@g.harvard.edu Mark Chin's Twitter Mark Chin's Website

Mark Chin

Interests: Race, Equity, Segregation, Peer Effects, Racial Attitudes, Politics, Prosocial Behavior

Mark Chin's research uses rigorous quantitative methods to identify how schools’ impact social equity by changing individuals' racial attitudes, prosocial behaviors, and politics.

Edwin Chng
Email Edwin Chng at chng_weimingedwin@g.harvard.edu

Edwin Chng

Interests: Multimodal Learning Analytics, Educational Data Mining

 Edwin Chng is a Ph.D. student at Harvard. His research interest lies in the application of data analytics to education. He is interested in identifying data proxies within the classroom to capture the learning process so as to support evidence-based intervention strategies.

Christopher Cleveland
Email Christopher Cleveland at chcleveland@g.harvard.edu Christopher Cleveland's LinkedIn Page Christopher Cleveland's Website

Christopher Cleveland

Interests: Policy, Special Education, Finance, Social Emotional Learning, Budget

Christopher Cleveland's research interests are issues of school governance, finance, and special education services.

Jorge Cuartas
Email Jorge Cuartas at jcuartas@g.harvard.edu Jorge Cuartas's LinkedIn Page Jorge Cuartas's Website

Jorge Cuartas

Interests: Early Childhood, Parenting, Corporal Punishment, Exposure to Violence, Poverty, Causal Inference, Ecological Environment

Jorge Cuartas' work focuses on the analysis of human development and parenting in contexts of adversity (i.e., poverty and violence), on the consequences of exposure to corporal punishment in early childhood, and on impact evaluation in low- and- middle-income-countries.

Marta Dormal
Email Marta Dormal at martadormal@g.harvard.edu Marta Dormal's Website

Marta Dormal

Interests: Early Childhood Development, Early Childhood Settings, Quality Monitoring, Program Evaluation, Measurements

Marta Dormal's research focuses on early childhood development in low- and middle-income-countries, particularly on issues related to program quality measurement and improvement.


Brandon Neal Edwards
Email Brandon Neal Edwards at bedwards@fas.harvard.edu Brandon Neal Edwards's Website

Brandon Neal Edwards

Interests: Religious Studies, Higher Education, Democracy, Politics, American Religion, Civics

A Ph.D. candidate in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Brandon Edwards studies religion, democracy, and education. Specifically, he uses ethnographic methods to examine how religious beliefs in evangelical communities impact views of higher education among adolescents.


Jorge Encinas
Email Jorge Encinas at jencinas@g.harvard.edu Jorge Encinas's Twitter Jorge Encinas's Website

Jorge Encinas

Concentration: Education Policy and Program Evaluation (EPPE)

Interests: Economics, Higher Education Policy, Immigration, Policy, Workforce Development,

Jorge Encinas researches policies that affect postsecondary access and affordability, as well as the labor market outcomes of college through an economic lens. He focuses on how these policies affect underrepresented minorities and undocumented students.


Anne-Michelle	Engelstad
Email Anne-Michelle	Engelstad at aengelstad@fas.harvard.edu Anne-Michelle	Engelstad's LinkedIn Page

Anne-Michelle Engelstad

Concentration: Human Development, Learning and Teaching (HDLT)

Interests: Early Childhood, Naturalistic Developmental Behavioral Intervention, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Neurodivergent Learners, Cognitive Neuroscience

Anne-Michelle Engelstad utilizes cognitive neuroscience approaches to measure responses to early intervention in children with autism.


Avriel Epps-Darling
Email Avriel Epps-Darling at avrielepps@g.harvard.edu Avriel Epps-Darling's Twitter Avriel Epps-Darling's Website

Avriel Epps-Darling

Concentration: Human Development, Learning and Teaching (HDLT)

Interests: Data Science, Adolescent Development, Human Computer Interaction, Identity Development, Social Media, Algorithmic Bias, Race

Computational Social Scientist studying the disparate impact of machine learning and AI on youth's developmental processes.


Tianyi (Diana) Feng
Email Tianyi (Diana) Feng at dianafeng@g.harvard.edu

Tianyi (Diana) Feng

Interests: Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning, Multimodal Learning Analytics, Data Science, Instructor-Student Relationships, Peer Relationships, Remote Learning, Human-Computer Interaction

Diana Feng's interests center on the development and assessment of instructor-student bonds and peer relationships in remote learning scenarios.

Janelle Fouche
Email Janelle Fouche at janelle_fouche@g.harvard.edu Janelle Fouche's LinkedIn Page Janelle Fouche's Twitter

Janelle Fouche

Interests: Policy Analysis, Program Evaluation, Prison Education, Higher Education, Equity, Race, Economics

Janelle Fouche is a Ph.D. student at HGSE and a Wiener Ph.D. Scholar in Poverty & Justice in the Inequality & Social Policy Program at HKS. Her research interests lie at the intersection of education policy and the penal system, as she believes the two are inextricably linked to issues of race, inequality, and opportunity.

Martha C. Franco
Email Martha C. Franco at marthafranco@g.harvard.edu

Martha C. Franco

Interests: Unaccompanied Minors, Adolescents, Immigration, Refugees, Central American Students, Transnational Ties, Citizenship

Martha C. Franco is a Ph.D. student. Her research focuses on how Central American unaccompanied minors are incorporated into U.S. public schools and the U.S. more broadly.

Simone Fried
Email Simone Fried at simone_fried@gse.harvard.edu

Simone Fried

Interests: Policy, Organizations, Reform, Social Politics, Turnaround, Takeover, State Education Agencies

Simone Fried's research examines the role and capacity of state education agencies in school reform, particularly in the implementation of school district takeovers.

Lily Fritz
Email Lily Fritz at lilyfritz@g.harvard.edu Lily Fritz's Website

Lily Fritz

Interests: Social-Emotional Learning, Early Childhood, Ecological Influences, Developmental Science, Preschool, Education, Psychology

Lily Fritz is interested in understanding the contextual factors that influence children's early social-emotional development, with a particular focus on the conceptualization, operationalization, and measurement of the emotional environments of early childhood education contexts.

Alexis Gable
Email Alexis Gable at agable@g.harvard.edu Alexis Gable's LinkedIn Page Alexis Gable's Website

Alexis Gable

Interests: Higher Education, Economics, Community Colleges, College Access, Career and Technical Education, Career Readiness

Alexis Gable's work lies at the intersection of economics and higher education, with a focus on college- and career-readiness, community colleges, and labor market outcomes. She is also interested in studying expectations around and barriers to college access.


Charles Gale
Email Charles Gale at charles_gale@fas.harvard.edu Charles Gale's LinkedIn Page Charles Gale's Website

Charles Gale

Concentration: Education Policy and Program Evaluation (EPPE)

Interests: Economics of Education, International Education, Education Policy, Education Finance, Early Childhood Education, Early Literacy,

Charlie Gale is a Ph.D. candidate whose current research focuses on education finance, early literacy, and early childhood education. He previously worked as a research associate for FHI 360, supporting (quasi-)experimental evaluations of education programs in international settings.


Jeannette Garcia Coppersmith
Email Jeannette Garcia Coppersmith at jgarciacoppersmith@g.harvard.edu Jeannette Garcia Coppersmith's LinkedIn Page Jeannette Garcia Coppersmith's Twitter

Jeannette Garcia Coppersmith

Concentration: Human Development, Learning and Teaching (HDLT)

Interests: Mathematics Education, Student Discourse and Math Talk, Pedagogy, Math Emotions, Motivation, Expectancy Effects, Teacher Biases

Jeannette Garcia Coppersmith is interested in understanding the mechanisms that contribute to disparities in secondary mathematics education, particularly teacher and student characteristics such as emotions, beliefs, and biases, and how they intersect with pedagogy and learning.


Madelyn Gardner
Email Madelyn Gardner at mgardner@g.harvard.edu

Madelyn Gardner

Concentration: Human Development, Learning and Teaching (HDLT)

Interests: Early Education, Social Policy, Applied Developmental Science, Ecological Approaches, Educator Supports

Madelyn Gardner is interested in exploring the environments and conditions under which early education and care consistently and equitably promotes children’s academic and social-emotional skill development.


Tatiana Geron
Email Tatiana Geron at tatianamatthews@g.harvard.edu Tatiana Geron's LinkedIn Page

Tatiana Geron

Interests: Philosophy of Education, Educational Justice, Decision-Making, Ethics, Case Study Method, Non-Ideal Theory, Teaching Practice

Tatiana Geron's research intersects political theory, philosophy of education, and teaching practice to examine ethical decision-making in education and the classroom as non-ideal space. Prior to the doctoral program, she taught middle-school English and social studies in Boston and New York.

Abhinav Ghosh
Email Abhinav Ghosh at abhinavghosh@g.harvard.edu Abhinav Ghosh's Twitter

Abhinav Ghosh

Interests: International and Comparative Education, Mathematics Education, Science and Technology Studies, History.

Abhinav Ghosh's research interests span across both international & comparative education and mathematics education. Specifically, he examines the cultural politics and genealogies of curricula, pedagogies, assessments, and discourses.


Rosa Guzman
Email Rosa Guzman at rguzman@g.harvard.edu Rosa Guzman's Website

Rosa Guzman

Interests: Literacy, Digital Media, Language, Equity, Early Childhood

Rosa Guzman is a third-year Ph.D. student whose research interests lie in the intersection between language, literacy, and technology. She is interested in how technology is shaping children's literacy and language development and ultimately find tools that can help children be better prepared for kindergarten. 

Paulina Haduong
Email Paulina Haduong at haduong@g.harvard.edu Paulina Haduong's Twitter

Paulina Haduong

Interests: Design Based Research, Participatory Action Research, Constructionism, Computer Science, Civics, Connected Learning, Learner Identity

Paulina Haduong's research supports K-12 students and teachers in building learning communities in computer science and civic education.

Shirin Hashim
Email Shirin Hashim at shirin_hashim@g.harvard.edu Shirin Hashim's LinkedIn Page

Shirin Hashim

Concentration: Education Policy and Program Evaluation (EPPE)

Interests: Education Policy, Economics of Education, Accountability Policy, Education Technology, Teacher Effectiveness


Rebecca Horwitz-Willis
Email Rebecca Horwitz-Willis at rhorwitz@g.harvard.edu

Rebecca Horwitz-Willis

Interests: Race and Equity, Law, Education, and Society, Implicit Bias, Institutional Theory, Socio-Legal Studies

Rebecca Horwitz-Willis' research takes a socio-legal and institutional approach to analyzing racial equity in schools. Specifically, she is interested in the relationship between macro-level social structures and individual perceptions of school quality and belonging in schools.

James Jack
Email James Jack at jamesjack@g.harvard.edu James Jack's LinkedIn Page

James Jack

Interests: Sociology of Education, Organizational Change and Persistence, Teaching and Learning

James Jack explores the sociology of education with a current interest in how organizations and individuals organize teaching and learning and how historical/biographical, social, and material processes reproduce and transform those practices.

Liu Jiang
Email Liu Jiang at liujiang@g.harvard.edu Liu Jiang's Website

Liu Jiang

Interests: Ethnography, Civic Education, Moral Education, Anthropology, Peer Culture, Student Government, China

Liu Jiang's research focuses on practices of peer governance in Chinese classrooms. As an ethnographer, she is interested in understanding how Chinese youth negotiate their civic roles as well as ethical judgment through these everyday practices.

Raquel Jimenez
Email Raquel Jimenez at raquel_jimenez@mail.harvard.edu Raquel Jimenez's Twitter

Raquel Jimenez

Interests: Arts Education, Youth Culture, Ethnography, Minoritized Youth, Civic Participation

Raquel Jimenez is a Ford Foundation Fellow studying young artists and the creative learning communities that support them. Her dissertation uses ethnographic methods to explore how young people make sense of their social worlds through the arts in sanctuary cities.

Jane M. Kang
Email Jane M. Kang at jmkang@g.harvard.edu

Jane M. Kang

Concentration: Human Development, Learning and Teaching (HDLT)

Interests: Computer Science, Mathematics, Teaching Practice, Classroom Practice, Creativity, Curriculum

Jane Kang focuses on instructional practices in K-12 computer science and mathematics. Her dissertation is about understanding why and how high school computer science teachers engage students in creative work.


Thomas Kelley-Kemple
Email Thomas Kelley-Kemple at tkelleykemple@g.harvard.edu

Thomas Kelley-Kemple

Interests: Policy, Measurement, Organizational Structures, Secondary Schools, Data Use

Thomas Kelley-Kemple focuses on examining school level determinants of policy implementation and effectiveness. He is primarily interested in understanding how schools use data to improve and support student success.

Salman Khan
Email Salman Khan at skhan2@g.harvard.edu Salman Khan's LinkedIn Page Salman Khan's Twitter Salman Khan's Website

Salman Khan

Interests: Education Policy, Economics of Education, Higher Education Policy, Labor Economics

Salman Khan seeks to investigate the challenges that disadvantaged (typically low-income, first generation, and minority) students face as they progress through their educational pathways into the labor market.

Anna Kirby
Email Anna Kirby at annakirby@g.harvard.edu Anna Kirby's LinkedIn Page Anna Kirby's Website

Anna Kirby

Interests: Social Development, Relationships, Critical Pedagogy, CPAR, Arts Education,

Anna Kirby is a Ph.D. student interested in supporting children’s social development and promoting meaningful collaboration between researchers, educators, and families.

Kate Klenk Larned
Email Kate Klenk Larned at kek741@g.harvard.edu

Kate Klenk Larned

Interests: Policy Analysis, School Reform, Economics, School Context and Culture, Social Emotional Learning, Measurement

Kate Klenk Larned's research interests include education policy analysis and the economics of education, with a focus on K-12 organizational effectiveness and the use and measurement of non-tested skills and outcomes.

Emma Klugman
Email Emma Klugman at eklugman@g.harvard.edu Emma Klugman's Twitter Emma Klugman's Website

Emma Klugman

Interests: Policy, Statistics, Measurement, Fairness, STEM Education, Statistics Education, Equity

Emma Klugman's work advocates for thoughtful, fair, and responsible uses of data in education, bringing together statistics, data science, and educational measurement with policy applications.

Mary Laski
Email Mary Laski at marylaski@g.harvard.edu Mary Laski's Twitter Mary Laski's Website

Mary Laski

Concentration: Education Policy and Program Evaluation (EPPE)

Interests: Economics of Education, Teacher Quality, Labor Economics, Equity, Program Evaluation, Quantitative Methods, Causal Inference

Mary Laski is a Ph.D. student and Partnering in Education Research (PIER) fellow. She studies education policy and the economics of education, with a focus on teacher effectiveness and development.


Jaein Josefina Lee
Email Jaein Josefina Lee at jaeinlee@fas.harvard.edu

Jaein Josefina Lee

Interests: Higher Education, Immigrant Integration, Institutions, Equity, Immigrant Students, Minority Students, Community Engagement

Jaein Josefina Lee's research focuses on immigrant students in higher education.

Ka Ya Lee
Email Ka Ya Lee at kaya_lee@g.harvard.edu Ka Ya Lee's Twitter Ka Ya Lee's Website

Ka Ya Lee

Interests: Philosophy of Education, Educational Justice, Measurement, Capability Approach, Political Philosophy, Ethics, Moral Philosophy

Ka Ya Lee's research interests lie in educational justice. More specifically, she is interested in the demands of justice in educational measurement and the application of the Capability Approach/Theory in education.

Matthew Lenard
Email Matthew Lenard at mlenard@g.harvard.edu Matthew Lenard's LinkedIn Page Matthew Lenard's Website

Matthew Lenard

Interests: Program Evaluation, Policy Evaluation, Teacher Quality, Economics, School Improvement, Achievement Gap, Equity

Matthew Lenard studies program and policy impacts at the K-12 and postsecondary levels. His recent projects have explored the effects of comprehensive school reform, career and technical education, and gifted education interventions.

Zachary Lim
Email Zachary Lim at zlim@g.harvard.edu

Zachary Lim

Concentration: Culture, Institutions, and Society (CIS)

Interests: Epistemology, Philosophy of Science, History of Science, Political Theory, Philosophy of Social Science, Metaphilosophy, Research Methodology

Zachary Lim examines how research as an institution meets the epistemic demands of society as well as the role research training programs play in its successes and failures. His work draws mainly from epistemology, the history and philosophy of science, and political theory.


Virginia Lovison
Email Virginia Lovison at valovison@g.harvard.edu Virginia Lovison's Twitter Virginia Lovison's Website

Virginia Lovison

Interests: Economics of Education, Teacher Quality

Virginia Lovison is a Ph.D. student and Partnering in Education Research (PIER) fellow at Harvard University. She studies the economics of education with a focus on K-12 teacher quality.


Dylan Lukes
Email Dylan Lukes at dylanlukes@g.harvard.edu Dylan Lukes's LinkedIn Page Dylan Lukes's Website

Dylan Lukes

Interests: Policy, Economics, Education, Labor Economics, Econometrics, Technology, Consulting

Dylan Lukes is a Ph.D. student and Presidential Scholar at Harvard University. He studies the economics of education with a focus on technology and learning.

Farah Mallah
Email Farah Mallah at farahmallah@g.harvard.edu Farah Mallah's LinkedIn Page Farah Mallah's Website

Farah Mallah

Concentration: Education Policy and Program Evaluation (EPPE)

Interests: Economics of Education, Inequality, Migration, Economic Mobility, Resource Targeting

Farah Mallah is a Ph.D. student and a PIER Fellow at CEPR. Her research investigates variations across groups in investments in education and the effectiveness of policies designed to address these gaps, with a focus on low-income and immigrant household. 


Jeremy T. Murphy
Email Jeremy T. Murphy at jmurphy@g.harvard.edu

Jeremy T. Murphy

Concentration: Culture, Institutions, and Society (CIS)

Interests: School Reform, Secondary Teachers, History of the Teaching Profession, Progressive Pedagogies, Complexities of Teaching, School Culture

Jeremy T. Murphy uses qualitative and historical research methods to examine teachers’ complex relationships with school reform. Before coming to Harvard, he taught middle and high school English in Baltimore, Worcester, and New Bedford.


Zid Mancenido
Email Zid Mancenido at mancenido@g.harvard.edu Zid Mancenido's Twitter Zid Mancenido's Website

Zid Mancenido

Concentration: Education Policy and Program Evaluation (EPPE)

Interests: Teacher Education, Professional Development, Teacher Labor Markets, Teachers' Lives, Causal Inference, Quantitative Methods, Policy Evaluation

Zid Mancenido's research focuses on how school systems can recruit, train, and retain excellent teachers. He investigates how to recruit more high-achieving college graduates into teaching, and runs experiments in teacher preparation programs.


Hania Mariën
Email Hania Mariën at hmarien@g.harvard.edu

Hania Mariën

Concentration: Culture, Institutions, and Society (CIS)

Interests: Youth/Critical Participatory Action Research (YPAR/CPAR), Arts-based/Creative Methods, Critical Participatory Action Research

Hania Marien's work focuses on Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) with third-fifth grade students, and how they make sense of power and act on (in)justice in the context of these projects. She is also interested in arts-based methods, and integrating fun and joy into her research.


Parastoo Massoumi
Email Parastoo Massoumi at Parastoo.Massoumi@g.harvard.edu

Parastoo Massoumi

Interests: Race, Equity, Middle School to College Pipeline, Intersectionality, College Access, Youth Leadership, Activism

Parastoo Massoumi is interested in studying the systemic inequities impacting communities of color and their intersectional identities (ie: gender, class, ability, citizenship status, sexual orientation, etc.) within the middle school to college pipeline.

Michael McGarrah
Email Michael McGarrah at michaelmcgarrah@g.harvard.edu Michael McGarrah's LinkedIn Page Michael McGarrah's Website

Michael McGarrah

Interests: Curiosity, Cognitive Development, Affective Development, Self-Regulation, Emotions, Executive Function, Information-Processing

Michael McGarrah is a Ph.D. student studying the intersections of cognitive and affective development across early childhood and adolescence. Currently, he is conducting research on what makes people curious, how curiosity develops over time, and how it impacts learning.

Kailah Lee McGee
Email Kailah Lee McGee at kmcgee@g.harvard.edu

Kailah Lee McGee

Interests: Curriculum, Power, Critical Consciousness/Imagination, Whiteness, Civics, Moral Development, History Education

Kailah Lee McGee is interested in how (in)visibility of power in curricular narratives of US nation-building influences White/Euro-American students' evaluations of harm, fairness, personal responsibility, & possibility in society.


Eileen McGivney
Email Eileen McGivney at eileen_mcgivney@g.harvard.edu

Eileen McGivney

Interests: Educational Technology, Learning Sciences, Virtual Reality, Immersive Learning

Eileen McGivney researches the potentials and challenges of learning with immersive technologies, such as virtual reality, particularly for young people of diverse identities and cultural backgrounds.

Emily Meland
Email Emily Meland at emily_meland@g.harvard.edu

Emily Meland

Interests: Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy, Adult Learning and Development, Race, Culture, Equity, Education

Emily Meland's research aims to bridge silos between social and emotional learning (SEL) and culturally sustaining, asset-based pedagogies. Her work centers on building adult capacities and supporting culturally responsive, developmental interactions between educators and students.


Michał Miąskiewic
Email Michał Miąskiewic at mmiaskiewicz@g.harvard.edu Michał Miąskiewic's LinkedIn Page

Michał Miąskiewic

Concentration: Human Development, Learning and Teaching (HDLT)

Interests: Developmental Psychology, Social and Moral Development, Meta-Cognitive Development, Empathy, Intellectual Humility, Socialization, Educational Interventions

Michał Miąskiewic studies how children and adolescents come to understand and (sometimes) care for others, and how they acquire and (sometimes) learn to overcome confirmation bias in thinking, with implications for how parents and schools can teach moral and intellectual virtue.


Alfatah Moore
Email Alfatah Moore at alfatah_moore@g.harvard.edu

Alfatah Moore

Concentration: Human Development, Learning and Teaching (HDLT)

Interests: Literacy, Reading, Interventions, Fluency

Alfatah Moore’s research examines the design of reading interventions for emerging readers and children with reading difficulty, with a focus on the role of fluency in reading achievement.


Douglas Mosher
Email Douglas Mosher at douglasmosher@g.harvard.edu

Douglas Mosher

Concentration: Human Development, Learning and Teaching (HDLT)

Interests: Vocabulary Development, Literacy, Academic Language, Pedagogy, Literacy Interventions, Reading Comprehension, Reading Intervention

Doug Mosher studies vocabulary development in students in the early education and how content literacy interventions impact teacher-language use. He also studies how students build domain knowledge through reading and how they transfer new knowledge to other conceptual domains.


Nozomi Nakajima
Email Nozomi Nakajima at nnakajima@g.harvard.edu Nozomi Nakajima's Website

Nozomi Nakajima

Interests: Inequality, Economics, Statistics, Causal Inference, International Development, Policy, Gender

Nozomi Nakajima's research focuses on how education policy interacts with family life to maintain and reduce inequality.

Tara Nicola
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Tara Nicola

Interests: Higher Education, Policy, Equity, Postsecondary Transitions

Tara Nicola's research focuses on issues concerning access, choice, and equity in higher education. She is especially interested in evaluating policies related to the college admission process.

Chris Norris-LeBlanc
Email Chris Norris-LeBlanc at norrisleblanc@g.harvard.edu Chris Norris-LeBlanc's LinkedIn Page

Chris Norris-LeBlanc

Interests: Mathematics, Education, Curriculum, Teacher Training, Equity, Abstract Algebra, Number Theory

Chris Norris-LeBlanc is interested in bringing heuristics, concepts, and skills from University mathematics into high schools through curricular innovation and teacher training. He hopes to use these as tools to make mathematics education more impactful and equitable.

Abigail Orrick
Email Abigail Orrick at abigailorrick@g.harvard.edu Abigail Orrick's Twitter Abigail Orrick's Website

Abigail Orrick

Interests: Education Reform, Philanthropy, School Governance, Political Epistemology, Social Movements, Qualitative Methods

Abigail Orrick studies the sociological dimensions of community organizing, philanthropy, and education policy. Specifically, she explores how communities navigate uncertainty in education or politically divisive reforms, as well as how race, trust, and memory shape policymaking.

MG Prezioso
Email MG Prezioso at mgprezioso@g.harvard.edu

MG Prezioso

Interests: Children's Literature, Developmental Psychology, Intellectual Development, Moral Development, Social-Emotional Learning, Literary Theory

MG Prezioso's research lies at the intersection of psychology and literature. Specifically, she is interested in the process of children's narrative absorption, as well as how literature contributes to students' moral development and identity formation.

Santiago Pulido-Gomez
Email Santiago Pulido-Gomez at santiago_pgomez@g.harvard.edu Santiago Pulido-Gomez's LinkedIn Page

Santiago Pulido-Gomez

Concentration: Culture, Institutions, and Society (CIS)

Interests: School Culture, Teacher Education, Organizational Behavior, Institutional Change, Education Policy

Santiago Pulido-Gomez is passionate about studying the determinants of teaching and teacher quality, and understanding how school culture shapes professional development practices for teachers. He utilizes elements from adult development theory and organizational behavior in answering these questions. 


Swati Puri
Email Swati Puri at swp497@g.harvard.edu

Swati Puri

Interests: Citizenship, Elitism, International Education

Focusing on elite groups in India, Swati Puri studies how educational practices serve sites for constructing meanings of social status and citizenship. Prior to HGSE, she worked for eight years across nonprofit, international development, and research organizations in India.

Fernanda Ramirez-Espinoza
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Fernanda Ramirez-Espinoza

Interests: Policy, Economics, South America, Developing Countries, Equity, Gender

Fernanda Ramirez-Espinoza is researching educational policy evaluation in South America and developing countries, with a focus on socioeconomic and gender inequality.

Celia Reddick
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Celia Reddick

Interests: Migration, displacement, refugee education, language of instruction policies and practices, multilingual learning, Africa and African diaspora

Celia Reddick's research explores the intersection of language, migration, and education. Her dissertation focuses in particular on the relationship between the languages used in schools and communities and refugee children's learning, identity-development, and sense of belonging in urban settings in East Africa.

Sarah A. Rendon Garcia
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Sarah A. Rendon Garcia

Concentration: Human Development, Learning and Teaching (HDLT)

Interests: Mixed Status Families, Latin/x Families, Developmental Psychology, Social-Emotional Development, Caregiver-Child Relationships, Middle Childhood, Immigration

Sarah Rendon Garcia studies how U.S. undocumented immigration status shapes the developmental trajectories of Latine children in middle childhood (independently, within their caregiver-child dyads, and as a family). 


Zenzile Riddick
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Zenzile Riddick

Concentration: Culture, Institutions, and Society (CIS)

Interests: Black Education, History, Critical Theory, Decolonial Theory, Pedagogy, Urban Education

Zenzile Riddick is a third year Ph.D. student researching the historical and contemporary landscape of Black educational institutions, leadership, and achievement. Currently, she studies the institutional culture and pedagogical practices of Black-led alternative education models.
 


Susha Roy
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Susha Roy

Concentration: Education Policy and Program Evaluation (EPPE)

Interests: Economics, Public Policy, Inequality, Segregation, Stratification, School Choice

Susha Roy uses quantitative methods to study how social stratification both manifests and persists through the education system and what specific policies can help mitigate social and economic inequalities.


Megan Satterthwaite Freiman
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Megan Satterthwaite Freiman

Interests: Ethnic-Racial Identity, Adolescent Development, Equity, Whiteness, Ethnic-Racial Socialization

Megan Satterthwaite Freiman is interested in studying how White adolescents develop their ethnic-racial identity within the sociohistorical context of the United States and how parents and educators can support White youth in building antiracist identities.


Lena Shi
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Lena Shi

Interests: Higher Education, School Finance, College Access, Mobility, Inequality, Civic Participation, Economics of Education

Lena Shi studies the effects of higher education policies on mobility, inequality, diversity and inclusion, and civic participation.

Mikko Silliman
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Mikko Silliman

Interests: Policy, Labor Economics, Inequality

Mikko Silliman's research focuses on questions at the intersection of education policy and labor economics.

Allison Mee Stevens
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Allison Mee Stevens

Based on Allison Mee Stevens' connections to both extremely conservative and liberal areas, her work compares politically divergent approaches to preventing school shootings. Through understanding and emphasizing moral commonalities, she hopes to develop a pragmatic framework to keep students safe in school.


Eileen Sullivan
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Eileen Sullivan

Interests: Cognitive Neuroscience, Developmental Psychology, School Readiness, Executive Functions, Language Development, Early Adversity

Eileen Sullivan researches how early experiences impact children’s cognition. She employs behavioral and neuroimaging methods to study how risk and protective factors relate to the brain and behavioral development of children in the U.S. and internationally.

Gahyun Sung
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Gahyun Sung

Interests: Learning Analytics, Instructional Design, Big Data in Education, Multimodal Learning Analytics, Programming Education

Gahyun Sung is a Ph.D. student interested in using sensor data in learning analytics and discovering how the results of learning analytics could best be interpreted and disseminated to students and teachers.

Eric Torres
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Eric Torres

Interests: Moral Education, Partisanship, Reason, Social Psychology, Moral Development, Epistemology, Philosophical Practice

Eric Torres is interested in the nature of affiliation and alienation across ideology and political difference and the related applied questions.

Kemeyawi Wahpepah
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Kemeyawi Wahpepah

Interests: K-12 Education, Teachers, Antiracism, Decolonization, Cultural Sociology

Kemeyawi Wahpepah is interested in using qualitative methods to study antiracist and decolonial policies and teaching practices in K-12 schools in the United States.

Zhongyu Wei
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Zhongyu Wei

Concentration: Human Development, Learning and Teaching (HDLT)

Interests: Language and Literacy Development, Early Childhood, Adult-Child Interaction, Socio-Cognitive Development, Reading Engagement

Zhongyu Wei’s research focuses on language and literacy development of children from diverse cultural backgrounds. She is particularly interested in the role of adult-child interactions in shaping children’s literacy and socio-cognitive development.


Wendy Wei
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Wendy Wei

Interests: Early Childhood Development, Social Policy, Early Childhood Education, Attendance, Contexts

Wendy Wei is interested in understanding how contextual factors can promote children’s access to high-quality early educational experiences and their developmental outcomes, as well as examining the predictors and consequences of early school attendance.

Benjamin West
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Benjamin West

Interests: Literacy, Social-Emotional Skills, Measurement, Evaluation, Policy, Elementary, Psychometrics

Benjamin West's research aims to improve our ability to measure literacy and social-emotional skill development among early learners. He also studies the effects of policies and programs that teach these skills in elementary schools.

Andrew An Westover
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Andrew An Westover

Interests: Ethics, Philosophy of Education, Gender, Sexuality, Religious Studies, Arts Education, Forgiveness

Andrew Westover is an ethicist who focuses on education. Westover's interdisciplinary work draws from moral philosophy, creative practices, queer theory, and practical ethics. Their dissertation focuses on teacher/student conflict and the possibilities of forgiveness.

Fei Yuan
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Fei Yuan

Interests: Policy , International Development , Program Evaluation , Economics, Developing Countries

Fei Yuan‘s research focuses on identifying effective interventions to improve student learning in low- and middle-income countries. She is also interested in providing robust evidence to answer policy-relevant questions. 

Arkadijs Zvaigzne
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Arkadijs Zvaigzne

Interests: Higher Education, Policy, Finance, Enrollment

Arkadijs Zvaigzne is interested in higher education finance, college enrollment management, and how the two interact in small countries.