Doctoral Student Directory

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D’Karla Assagai

Ed.D. student-CANDEL Cohort 12

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Josh Bennett

Ed.D. student-CANDEL Cohort 13

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BernNadette Best-Green, Education Ph.D. Candidate: Language, Literacy, & Culture

UCD School of Ed. Associate Instructor; UCD 2017-2018 Professors of the Future Fellow; UCD School of Ed. 2014-2017 Teacher Educator-Scholar Fellow; UCD Teacher Ed. Supervisor (Multiple Subjects); UCD Graduate Student Researcher

Background and Research Interests

BernNadette Best-Green is a PhD candidate within the University of California at Davis’ Graduate Group in Education who specializes in Language, Literacy, & Culture.

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Travis Bradley

Ed.D. student-CANDEL Cohort 12

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Patricia Crespo

Ed.D. student-CANDEL Cohort 12

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Raquel Donoso

Ed.D. student-CANDEL Cohort 12

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David P. Earwicker

Ph.D. Candidate, School Organization and Educational Policy

Education

M.A. Columbia University (Middle East Affairs/Islamic Culture Studies)

B.A. University of California, Davis (Double Major: Economics and International Relations)

Faculty Advisor 

Dissertation Chair: Prof. Jamal Abedi

Dissertation Advisors: Prof. Kim Elsbach and Prof. Sarah Perrault

Research Interests

Higher Education Policy

Higher Education Administration

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Claudia Escobar

Ph.D. Candidate

Background

Ms. Escobar is a Ph.D. candidate in the School Organization and Education Policy emphasis area and a graduate student researcher with the California Education Lab and Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. She is a former researcher and policy analyst for the University of California’s Office of the President. She is originally from Southern California but has spent most of her recent time in the Bay Area. She is the first in her family to obtain a bachelor’s and master’s degree and soon a doctorate.

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Jose Espinoza

Ed.D. student-CANDEL Cohort 11

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Patti Fejarang-Herrera

Ed.D. student-CANDEL Cohort 12

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Larrah Feliciano

Ed.D. student-CANDEL Cohort 12

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Elizabeth Flores

Ph.D. Student - School Organization and Educational Policy

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Alicia Garcia

Ph.D. Student, School Organization and Educational Policy

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Education

Ph.D. Student, University of California, Davis
Education with a School Organization and Educational Policy Emphasis
Degree Expected: June 2021

Master of Arts, San Jose State University
Mexican American Studies with an Education Emphasis
Degree Obtained: May 2016
Masters Project: Latina/o Student Retention and Attrition Rates: Listening to Those who Learn to Blame Themselves

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Sabrina Greiten

EdD Student – CANDEL, Cohort 10

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Çağrı Güzel

Ph.D. Student - Language, Literacy, & Culture; Second Language Acquisition

Background

Çağrı Güzel joined the Graduate Group in Education Ph.D. program in 2018. His research interests lie primarily in the fields of second language acquisition, educational drama, and teacher education. Before coming to University of California, Davis, Güzel was working as a Language Specialist at Google, where he provided linguistic expertise on the Google Assistant, machine learning, and language processing projects.

mcguzel@ucdavis.edu
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Danielle Hagood

Learning & Mind Science

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I research noncognitive constructs in K12 settings using computational psychometrics. Drawing on intensive, multi-modal data this research produces learning analytics offering individual-level insights and also, in aggregate, inform teaching and policy. This practice-embedded research foregrounds the needs of teachers and students, with a critical SES perspective.

  

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dhagood@ucdavis.edu
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Christopher Hartman

Ed.D. student-CANDEL Cohort 13

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Alexandria M. Hurtt

Ph.D. Student, School Organization & Educational Policy

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Education 

Ph.D. Education, expected 2021 
UC Davis, Davis, CA 

M.A. Education, 2015 
UC Davis, Davis, CA

B.A. Political Science, 2012
Minor: Professional Writing 
The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ.

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Anne Iaccopucci

Ed.D. student-CANDEL Cohort 13

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Ebony Lewis

Ed.D. student-CANDEL Cohort 13

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Mayu Lindblad

PhD Student

Education

Ph.D. in progress, Emphasis on Language, Literacy, and Culture, University of California, Davis
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Dr. Yuuko Uchikoshi Tonkovich, primary advisor 

M.A. in Linguistics, TESOL, California State University, Fresno

B.A. in Social Education, Tohoku Fukushi University, Sendai, Japan

Teaching Experience

Associate Instructor, University of California, Davis, East Asian Languages and Cultures
First Quarter Japanese
Second Quarter Japanese
Third Quarter Japanese

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Amanda Lindell

Ph.D. Student, Science and Agricultural Education

Education

Ph.D. in Education, Science & Agricultural Education,UC Davis, Davis, CA, in progress

M.S.Ed, Secondary Science Education,Lehman College, CUNY, Bronx, NY, 2010

B.S. Marine Science and Biology,University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL, 2008

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Diana Lizarraga

Ed.D. student-CANDEL Cohort 12

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Education

  • MA, University of San Francisco | Human Resources and Organizational Development. Emphasis in Higher Education structures, STEM diversity, and leadership development.
  • BS, UC Davis | Agricultural Systems and Environment.  Emphasis in Communications and Information Systems. McNair Research Scholar, NSF LSAMP/CAMP- MURALS Research Scholar, and Hugh Edmondson Pathology Research Fellow, CALESS Member.
  • AA, Math, Engineering, and Science | Sacramento City College.
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You Lor

Ed.D. student-CANDEL Cohort 11

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Kayce L. Mastrup

Ph.D. Candidate: Education, Mathematics

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  • Understanding, in detail, the connections between teachers’ mathematical life stories, the role of belief and mathematical identity as related to teaching mathematics.
  • Examining the manners in which secondary mathematics preservice teachers inform the development and implementation of their instructional practice over the course of their credential year. 
  • Teacher education

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California State University Sacramento

Masters of Arts in Educational Technology (iMET 13)

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Joanna Rometsch Mathias

Ph.D. Student - School Organization & Education Policy

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My dissertation work focuses on Career and Technical Education in California, both descriptive analysis of the current landscape and analysis of policy developments and impacts under recent changes in state and federal legislation. I am evaluating the effectiveness of CTE in different school models i.e. traditional high schools, small learning communities, specialty tech high schools, and investigating the role K12 career education plays in California’s Career/College readiness accountability and preparation for CA community college students.

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Rachael Maves

Ed.D. student-CANDEL Cohort 13

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Malcolm McLemore

Ed.D. student-CANDEL Cohort 12

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Carmelo Miranda

Ed.D. student-CANDEL Cohort 12

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Gregory Moffitt

Ed.D. student-CANDEL Cohort 11

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Alex Moos

Ed.D. student-CANDEL Cohort 12

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Stephanie Morgado

Ed.D. student-CANDEL Cohort 11

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Kaozong Mouavangsou

Ph.D. Student - Language, Literacy & Culture

Education

  • Ph.D. Education in Language, Literacy & Culture (In Progress) University of California, Davis
  • M.A. Education in Language, Literacy & Culture University of California, Davis (2016)
  • B.A.
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Kaitlyn Murray

PhD Student - Science & Agriculture Education

Kait Murray is an educator and researcher of community leadership whose work focuses on improving the lives of culturally diverse people in agricultural education, both in and outside of schools. She is broadly interested in how culturally diverse students navigate agricultural and environmental learning (counter)spaces: how they create them, experience them, transform them, and are transformed by them.

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Christian Osmena

Ed.D. student-CANDEL Cohort 12

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Isela Pena-Rager

Ed.D. student-CANDEL Cohort 12

 

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  • Ed.D. – Educational Leadership – UC Davis (in progress)
  • M.A. – Spanish, Applied Linguistics & Graduate Certificate in Second Language Studies – Purdue University
  • B.A. – Art, specialization in Photography – University of La Verne

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Deanna Pierro

EdD Student – CANDEL, Cohort 9

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Art Pimentel

Ed.D. student-CANDEL Cohort 11

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Dennis Quinn

Ph.D. Student: Language, Literacy & Culture

Background and Research Interests

DJ Quinn has taught at community colleges and four-year institutions, and has worked on flipping classrooms, contract grading, and other student-focused initiatives for increasing retention and transfer for First-Year Composition. His research interests live at the intersection of technology and engagement, and increasing academic access for students from culturally, linguistically, and socioeconomically diverse backgrounds.

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Carolina Ramirez

PhD Candidate, School Organization and Education Policy

 

Carolina is a doctoral candidate in the School Organization and Education Policy emphasis area. During her time at Davis, she has been a research assistant in the California Education Lab, as well as a teaching assistant for several School of Education undergraduate courses. Carolina’s primary research interests include the role of broad-access public universities in promoting undergraduate education. She is also interested in undergraduate mobility and how transfer pathways impact persistence.

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Michal Kurlaender

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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

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Brian Riley

PhD Candidate - SO&EP

Program: PhD – SO&EP

“The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.”
(Robert Frost, 1922)

 

 

EDUCATION

Ph.D. candidate at University of California Davis, majoring in Education in the School Organization & Educational Policy (SO&EP) program, with a focus on Higher Education, cultural pluralism and bilingualism. (In progress. Courses taken: [1])

M.A. in Linguistics, Gallaudet University, Washington, DC (including consortium classes at Georgetown University and the University of the District of Columbia). (Courses taken: [1])

B.A. in Mathematics (Computer Science option), California State University, Fresno (including one semester at Ohlone College in Fremont, CA). (Courses taken: [1])

 

CREDENTIAL

Language Arts and Literature (The California Community Colleges). [1]

 

COURSES TAUGHT

ASL 1A, 1B, 2A: Beginning and Intermediate American Sign Language (Instructor), Fresno City College.

MAT 035, 036, Algebra II, Gallaudet College/Gallaudet University.

EDU 120: Philosophical and Social Foundations of Education (TA), UC Davis.

SOC 025: Sociology of Popular Culture (TA), UC Davis.

SOC 003: Social Problems (TA), UC Davis.

SOC 001: Introduction to Sociology (TA), UC Davis.

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Alex Rockey

Ph.D. Candidate

Research Interests

I am interested in feedback in online courses. I am passionate about the potential for online courses to make post-secondary education more accessible for all students. As such I am dedicated to rigorously studying this context with the hopes of improving online education. 

Education 

Ph.D. Candidate in Education 

M.A. in Education, University of California, Davis 2012

Single Subject Credential in English, University of California, Davis 2011

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Javier Rojo

Ph.D. Student, School Organization and Education Policy

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K-12 Resource Allocation; K-12 School Finance; Equity and Social Justice in K-12 Education; California Education Policy

Education

Ph.D., Education: School Organization and Education Policy – UC, Davis – (In Progress)

M.A., Education: Multicultural Education – CSU, Sacramento – 2014

B.A., Liberal Studies – CSU, Sacramento – 2011

A.A., Social Sciences (transfer student) – American River College – Sacramento, CA – 2009

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Susan Rowe

Ph.D Student - Learning & Mind Sciences

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  • Testing fairness for emergent bilinguals
  • Assessments and measurements
  • Psychometrics

Education

Ph.D. Education (in progress, expected 2021)
University of California, Davis, CA

B.A. Psychology (2015)
Minors: Education, Human Development, & Statistics 
University of California, Davis, CA  

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Sergio L. Sanchez

Ph.D. Candidate - Language, Literacy & Culture; Designated Emphases: Writing, Rhetoric and Composition Studies & Second Language Acquisition

I am interested in working with underrepresented populations to understand the processes that enhance (or hinder) their opportunities to access higher education. I am also interested in studying the benefits of drama and poetry in culturally and linguistically diverse classrooms for language acquisition and writing.

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Vanessa Segundo

PhD Student - Language, Literacy and Culture

Education 

Ph.D. Education Expected: June 2020 
Emphasis Area: Language, Literacy, and Culture 
University of California Davis, Davis, CA 

M.S.Ed. Adult and Higher Education Conferred May 2013 
Emphasis: Student Affairs 
Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL 

B.A. Political Science Conferred May 2009 
Minor: History 
University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL 

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Holley Shafer

Ed.D. student-CANDEL Cohort 13

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Michael T. Stevens

Ph.D. Student - Mathematics Education

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Ph.D. Education with an emphasis in Mathematics Education, UC Davis, expected June 2019.

M.A. Education with a concentration in Educational Technology, CSU Sacramento, May 2013.

M.Ed. Education, UC San Diego, September 2002.

B.A. Mathematics, UC San Diego, June 2001.

CONFERENCE PAPERS

Stevens, M. and Chung, C. (2014, March). The impact of interactive geometry software on student learning. Paper presented at the E-Learning and Information Technology Symposium 2014, Tainan, Taiwan.

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David Stirrat

EdD Student- CANDEL, Cohort 10

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Susan Takami

Ed.D. student-CANDEL Cohort 12

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Shonte’ Thomas

Ed.D. student-CANDEL Cohort 12

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Alina Varona

Ed.D. student-CANDEL Cohort 13

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Enrique Velasco

Ed.D. student-CANDEL Cohort 13

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Naiade Viana Dourado

Ed.D. student-CANDEL Cohort 12

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Marjorie Westervelt, M.P.H.

Ph.D. Student - Learning and Mind Sciences

 

Background and Research Interests

Undergraduate medical education

 

Advisors

Primary Advisor: Lee Martin, PhD

Secondary Advisor: Paul Heckman, PhD

 

Education

  • Master of Public Health (UC Berkeley)
  • BS in Biomedical Engineering (Bucknell University)

 

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Joshuah Whittinghill

Ed.D. student-CANDEL Cohort 12

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Michele Williams-George

Ed.D. student-CANDEL Cohort 11

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Erin E. Winters

Ph.D. Student - Learning & Mind Sciences

Erin Winters is a doctoral student and GAANN Fellow in education with an emphasis in learning and mind sciences, specializing in educational measurement and statistics. 

Her research considers different approaches for validating the scores from high stakes and large scale for different uses.  She’s particularly interested in examining the effectiveness of different statistical approaches for establishing the instructional sensitivity of tests and assessments, especially as they relate to research design. 

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Stacy Wittstock

Ph.D. Student, Learning and Mind Sciences

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  • Writing program administration
  • Developmental writing & writers
  • Professional identity & contingent employment
  • Writing assessment
  • Peer review & response in writing classrooms
  • Digital literacies 
  • Faculty development & instructional support 
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Joseph Wood

Ed.D. Student-CANDEL Cohort 13

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  • Ed.D. – Educational Leadership, UC Davis (In Progress)
  • MA – Educational Technology, CSU Stanislaus (2012)
  • BS – Biological Sciences, UC Davis (2000)

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Lisa Woods

Ed.D. student-CANDEL Cohort 12

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Lauren Worrell

EdD Student – CANDEL, Cohort 10

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UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, DAVIS, Graduate School of Education

Doctorate in Educational Leadership, Current

ST. MARY’S COLLEGE OF CALIFORNIA, Kalmanovitz School of Education

Master of Arts in Counseling; School Counseling (PPS), College Student Services, 2011

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, DAVIS

Bachelor of Science in Human Development, Education Minor, 2006

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Lauren Worrell

Graduate Program Coordinator

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Jackson Yan

PhD Student, School Organization and Education Policy

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Lu Yang

Ph.D Student - Language, Literacy & Culture

 

 

 

 

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Valeria C. Zunino Edelsberg

Ph.D. Student, Learning and Mind Sciences

Graduate student at the School of Education at the University of California, Davis. Extensive academic background in education and psychology. Broad professional experience in Chilean public institutions related to education and assessment. Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to interact with children. Motivated, positive and flexible.

Education

Ph.D. in Education, Emphasis in Learning and Mind Sciences
University of California, Davis, School of Education. Expected graduation date: September 2023.

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