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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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., Education Policy, March 2021

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Ph.D. University of California, Davis (Education Policy)

Dissertation Title: Asymmetric Expectations: Faculty Research Roles Under California’s Master Plan for Higher Education. 

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

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

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Dissertation Chair: Prof. Jamal Abedi

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

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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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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 with Emphasis in 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.

mcguzel@ucdavis.edu
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Danielle Hagood

Ph.D. Student: 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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Ebony Lewis

Ed.D. student-CANDEL Cohort 13

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Mayu Lindblad

PhD Student

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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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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

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  • 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 transforming agricultural and environmental education, both in and outside of schools. She is broadly interested in how people with marginalized sexualities and genders – particularly members of the LGBTQ community – navigate and change educational systems. She is interested in the complex relationships between individuals and these educational spaces: how they create them, experience them, resist them, disrupt them, uphold them, transform them.

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Izamar Ortiz-González

Ph.D. Student-School Organization and Policy

Background

Izamar Ortiz-González is a daughter of immigrant parents. This experience thought her to navigate multiple narratives at school and at home. Bridging the gap between these narratives has been her goal throughout her life as a teacher, organizer and student.

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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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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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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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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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Sydney Sullivan

Ph.D. Student - Language, Literacy and Culture

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Ph.D. Education Expected: June 2025 
Emphasis Area: Language, Literacy, and Culture 
University of California Davis, Davis, CA 

M.A. English Literature Conferred May 2020 
University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 

B.A. English Literature Conferred May 2018
Minor: Writing 
Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

 

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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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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
  • Faculty identity & contingent labor
  • Writing assessment
  • Peer response
  • Digital literacies 
  • Faculty development & instructional support 
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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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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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