Student Profile

Diana Recouvreur

Ph.D. Candidate - School Organization and Education Policy

“There’s no point in all this scholarship if when we look back upon our careers nothing has changed and we’ve just become better at naming the problem.”

– Dr. Gloria Rodriguez


Diana is a doctoral candidate with a concentration in School Organization and Education Policy and a designated emphasis in Writing, Rhetoric, and Composition Studies.  Her research has focused on school discipline policies, prison education policies, school to prison pipeline issues, and on building pathways in the corrections to education pipeline.  Her dissertation examines how California’s community colleges are serving justice involved students, with a particular focus on how formerly incarcerated students are being supported as they transition from close confinement back into our communities.


  • Teaching Assistant: 
    • UWP 197TC: Writing Ambassadors Program (Fall 2014-Present)
    • EDU 100: Introduction to Schools (Spring 2014, Spring 2013) 
    • EDU 115: Educating Children with Disabilities (Winter 2014)
    • EDU 150: Cultural Diversity in Education in a Sociopolitical Context (Fall 2013)
  • Graduate Student Researcher
    • Resourcing Excellence in Education (REEd):
      • Evaluations of grant funded university training programs in multiple departments (Summer 2019)
      • Legislative mandated evaluation of Career Technical Education programs in California’s State Prisons (July 2016-April 2017)
    • Dr. Paul Heckman: Student Engagement and Project Based Learning (Fall 2012-2016)
    • Dr. Jamal Abedi & Dr. Paul Heckman: California’s Formative Assessments in Mathematics (NSF Grant, Summer 2015)

Research Interests

  • Corrections education policy
  • The Corrections to Education Pipeline 
  • Intersections of education and health policy
  • Juvenile justice
  • The School to Prison Pipeline
  • School discipline policies
  • Student engagement
  • School climate
  • School organization


  • Ph.D., School Organization and Education Policy, D.E. in Writing, Rhetoric, and Composition Studies, University of California, Davis (In Progress).
  • B.A., English Language and Literature (Distinction & Department Honors), with a minor in Creative Writing, University of California, Berkeley (2010). 

Awards & Honors

  • The Eleanor Barry Memorial Scholarship (2013)
  • Graduate Group in Education Fellowship, UC Davis (2012-2013)
  • Golden Key International Honour Society, UC Berkeley (2010)
  • National Society of Collegiate Scholars, UC Berkeley (2010)
  • Margie Mentel Memorial English Scholarship (2007)
  • California Governor’s Scholarship (2001 & 2002)

Faculty Advisors

  • Primary: Dr. Michal Kurlaender
  • Secondary: Dr. Gloria Rodriguez

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