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.
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
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
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.
I am broadly interested in the transition from high school to postsecondary education and the early years of postsecondary studies for socioeconomically disadvantaged students. I want to understand how students from disadvantaged groups navigate higher education curriculum and institutions. Utilizing my training in econometrics, I apply quasi-experimental methods to large institutional datasets. I am specifically interested in understanding socioeconomic status in higher education via poverty, immigration status, and homelessness.
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
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
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.
“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)
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:
M.A. in Linguistics, Gallaudet University, Washington, DC
(including consortium classes at Georgetown University and the
University of the District of Columbia). (Courses taken: )
B.A. in Mathematics (Computer Science option), California State
University, Fresno (including one semester at Ohlone College in
Fremont, CA). (Courses taken: )
Language Arts and Literature (The California Community Colleges).
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.
Ph.D. Candidate in Education
M.A. in Education, University of California, Davis 2012
Single Subject Credential in English, University of California,
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.
Erin Winters is a doctoral student and GAANN Fellow in education
with an emphasis in learning and mind sciences,
specializing in educational measurement and
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.