Graduate Group Faculty

Overview

Our PhD program offers five Emphasis Areas:

Language, Literacy & Culture (LLC)

Learning & Mind Sciences (LMS)

Mathematics Education (MTH)

School Organization & Education Policy (SOEP)

Science and Agricultural Education (SCI/AG)

To search for faculty in an Emphasis Area, enter the abbreviation noted in the search field.

Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LMS.

Tony Albano

Associate Professor

Dr. Tony Albano is an Associate Professor in the School of Education where he teaches courses in testing, assessment, and data science. His research aims broadly to improve teaching and learning via effective educational and psychological measurement, including through improvements in psychometric methods for scaling and modeling assessment results, and through enhanced accessibility in test design and implementation. Dr.

adalbano@ucdavis.edu
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: MTH. Elementary Education; Gender and Equity Issues in Mathematics Education; In-Service and Preservice Teacher Learning; Mathematics Education

Rebecca Ambrose

Professor and Department Chair

Portrait of Rebecca Ambrose

After teaching middle school math for ten years, I decided to pursue a PhD to get a fresh perspective on the issues I observed every day in my classroom and thought that maybe I could help develop remedies that would help other teachers, as well.

UC Davis School of Education Building, Room 254
(530) 754-4831
rcambrose@ucdavis.edu
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LLC. Educational Equity; English Language Arts Education; Gay and Lesbian Issues in Education; Minority/Underrepresented Students

Steven Athanases

Professor and Dolly and David Fiddyment Chair in Teacher Education

Portrait of Steven Athanases

Steven Athanases is a Professor in the School of Education at UC Davis. 

Principal Investigator, Teachers as Learners Project, James S. McDonnell Foundation, New Teachers Learning Disciplined Improvisation for Meaningful Talk in Diverse Classrooms, 2018-2023.

Director of Research, Center for Shakespeare in Diverse Classrooms, UC Davis, in partnership with Globe Education, Shakespeare’s Globe, London (Patrick Spottiswoode, Director). 2018-

Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: SCI/AG. Environmental Education; Citizen Science; Participatory Action Research; In-service and Preservice Teacher Learning; Science Education

Heidi Ballard

Professor and Chancellor’s Fellow

Portrait of Heidi Ballard

Heidi Ballard is the Founder and Faculty Director of the Center for Community and Citizen Science. You can find more information about her past and current projects, and sign up for occasional updates at the Center’s website.

 

UC Davis School of Education Building, Room 251
hballard@ucdavis.edu
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LLC, critical race theory; diversity, race and equity; identity, teaching and schooling; Latinx issues in education; secondary education; social studies education; teacher education and preparation

M. Yianella Blanco

Assistant Professor

Yianella Blanco

Dr. Yianella Blanco is an Assistant Professor in the School of Education. Her research interests focus on the teaching and learning of Latine/x histories and experiences, particularly those of Central America(ns) and how those intersect with American empire. Dr. Blanco’s research draws from community-based and participatory action research methods.

UC Davis, School of Education Building, Room 119, One Shields Ave., Davis, CA 95616
myblanco@ucdavis.edu
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: SOEP, LLC, SCI/AG. EQUITY AND JUSTIC ISSUES IN STEM HIGHER EDUCATION; MINORITY/UNDERREPRESENTED STUDENTS; LEARNING ANALYTICS; INTERSECTIONAL APPROACHES TO STEM IDENTITY; STUDENTS IN ACADEMIC DISTRESS; RETENTION IN STEM

Natalia Caporale

Assistant Professor of Teaching, Dept of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior

Read the full profile at the College of Biological Sciences.

Graduate Group in Education Faculty EMPHASIS AREA: SOEP

Scott Carrell

Professor, Department of Economics

Scott Carrell is a Professor of Economics and the Faculty Athletics Representative at the University of California, Davis. He received his BA from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1995, an M.A. in Economics and an M.S. in Management from the University of Florida in 2002, and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Florida in 2003. He previously taught at Dartmouth College and the U.S. Air Force Academy and served as the Senior Economist for Public Finance and Labor Economics on the staff of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers during the summer of 2004.

Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LMS. Child Development; Collaborative Learning; Gender and technology; Learning in Informal Settings; Qualitative Methodology; Technology and identity

Cynthia Carter Ching

Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Programs

Portrait of Cynthia Carter Ching

Research Interests

Child Development; Collaborative Learning; Gender and technology; Learning in Informal Settings; Qualitative Methodology; Technology and identity

UC Davis School of Education Building, Room 106
(530) 752-4427
ccching@ucdavis.edu
Graduate Group in Education Faculty EMPHASIS AREA: MTH. Robotics, intelligent networked mechatronic and embedded systems, innovative design for 3D printing, technology in teaching

Harry H. Cheng

Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Director of UC Davis Center for Integrated Computing and STEM Education (C-STEM)

Portrait of Harry Cheng
(530) 752-5020
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: SOEP. Access and equity in higher education, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Latina/o students, campus climate for diversity

Marcela G. Cuellar

Associate Professor

Portrait of Marcela Cuellar

Marcela Cuellar joined the School of Education in July 2014. She received her doctorate in Higher Education and Organizational Change at the UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies. Her research examines access and equity in higher education, Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) and emerging HSIs, and Latinx student success. More specifically, Dr. Cuellar employs quantitative and qualitative methods to explore Latinx students’ experiences at HSIs and emerging HSIs and how they are empowered as a result of their educational experiences during college and beyond.

(530) 752-5395
marcuellar@ucdavis.edu
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LLC, LMS. Media and culture; Development of non-cognitive social success skills, Learning in Informal Settings, Comics & Graphic Novels, Interactive Narratives, Games

Darnel Degand

Assistant Professor

Darnel Degand joined the School of Education as an assistant professor in July 2017. He studies the various ways media and society influence the development of social success skills by exploring the social processes that exist within media production environments and media consumption experiences. His research also involves the design and development of educational media products and experiences.

Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LLC. Academic language; Academic literacy; English learners; Language development and socialization; First- and second-language writing

Kerry A. Enright

Associate Professor

Portrait of Kerry A. Enright

I research the relationship between Latinx students’ everyday uses of language (English and Spanish) and their engagement in language and literacy practices in institutional settings (classrooms and professional work-study placements). Some schools identify bilingual adolescents as “limited” in their English proficiency even though they use sophisticated literacy repertoires outside of school; other learners are deemed ”fluent” in English but still struggle with the language and literacy demands of their academic coursework or workplace.

UC Davis School of Education Building, Room 128
kaenright@ucdavis.edu
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: SOEP

Nancy Erbstein

Associate Professor in Residence

Portrait of Nancy Erbstein

My work focuses on how communities and regions produce and disrupt disparities in youth well-being, with emphasis on disparities associated with race/ethnicity, immigration, socio-economic status and geographic location. My interest in youth well-being situates my activity at the intersection of educational reform, public health, youth development and community development. I ground my work conceptually at the nexus of theories of development in social ecological contexts, critical human geographers’ analyses of space and place as socially produced, and critical race theory.

(530) 754-6913
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: SOEP. College & Career Readiness for Disadvantaged Youth; Studies in School Health & Student Well Being

Kevin Gee

Associate Professor and Chancellor's Fellow

Kevin Gee

Fall 2022 Office Hours: Thursdays, 3-5pm (Zoom or in-person)
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UC Davis, School of Education Building, Room 122, One Shields Ave., Davis, CA 95616
(530) 752-9334
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: SOEP

Cassandra M.D. Hart

Associate Professor

Portrait of Cassandra Hart

Cassandra Hart is an associate professor of education policy. She evaluates the effects of school, state and national education programs, policies, and practices on overall student achievement, and on the equity of student outcomes. Hart’s work has focused on online education in both K-12 schools and community colleges, school choice programs, school accountability policies, and effects on students of exposure to demographically similar teachers.

(530) 752-9691
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LMS, LLC

Jennifer Higgs

Assistant Professor

Jennifer Higgs is an Assistant Professor of Learning and Mind Sciences and Language, Literacy, and Culture. Drawing from sociocultural learning theories and employing methodologies such as design-based research and survey research, she investigates young people’s and teachers’ sense-making of digital tools and ecologies that invite new forms of reading, writing, and participation; support structures that may help teachers facilitate equitable uses and understandings of digital technologies; and the spread and scale of educational innovations in our advanced digital age. Dr.

jmhiggs@ucdavis.edu
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LLC, SOEP

Margarita Jimenez-Silva

Professor

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Prof. Margarita Jimenez-Silva’s research focuses on preparing and supporting teachers to work with culturally and linguistically diverse learners, especially in addressing emergent bilinguals’ linguistic and academic content development. More specifically, her research strands include teacher education pedagogy and curriculum, educational policy, and family/community engagement. Her research has been published by journals such as Harvard Educational Review, Childhood Education, and the Journal of Research on Childhood Education. 

(530) 752-3959
mjimenezsilva@ucdavis.edu
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: SOEP. Education policy; Educational program evaluation; Educational stratification and equity; K-12 school desegregation

Michal Kurlaender

Chancellor’s Leadership Professor

Michal Kurlaender portrait

Michal Kurlaender investigates students’ educational pathways, in particular K-12 and postsecondary alignment, and access to and success in higher education. She has expertise on alternative pathways to college and college readiness at both community colleges and four-year colleges and universities. In addition to working with national data, Kurlaender works closely with administrative data from all three of California’s public higher education sectors—the University of California, the California State University and the California Community College systems.

(530) 752-3748
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: SOEP

Lauren E. Lindstrom

Professor and Dean

Dean Lindstrom: lelindstrom@ucdavis.edu
or
Executive Assistant
Cyn Sengnalivong:
cinseng@ucdavis.edu or
(530) 752-4663
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LMS, MTH. Adaptive Expertise; Learning and Cognition; Learning in Informal Settings; Mathematics Education

Lee Martin

Associate Professor and Chancellor's Fellow

Portrait of Lee Martin
(530) 752-2854
leemartin@ucdavis.edu
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LLC. Adolescent Language and Literacy; English Education; Linguistic Anthropology of Education; Sociocultural Approaches to Learning; Discourse Analysis; Black and Latina/o Youth Interactions; Ethnography

Danny C. Martinez

Associate Professor and Chancellor's Fellow. Chair of the Graduate Group in Education

Danny C. Martinez is Associate Professor in the Language, Literacy, and Culture program area in the School of Education. His research explores the cultural and linguistic practices of Black and Latinx youth in literacy learning contexts, and teacher learning as it relates to leveraging youths’ rich communicative resources. His research is inspired by his experience as a literacy teacher in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

UC Davis School of Education Building, Room 135
(530) 752-9749
dcmar@ucdavis.edu
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: SOEP

Paco Martorell

Associate Professor

Portrait of Paco Martorell

Francisco (Paco) Martorell joined the School as an assistant professor in July 2014. Martorell completed his PhD in economics at UC Berkeley. Prior to joining the School, he was an Economist at the RAND Corporation and was a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School since 2006. He has broad research interests in both higher education and K-12 policy. Current projects cover areas including developmental education in colleges, the effects of grade retention, the returns to for-profit colleges, the impacts of school facility investments, and community college tuition subsidies.

(530) 752-3353
pmartorell@ucdavis.edu
Graduate Group in Education Faculty EMPHASIS AREA: LLC

Dan Melzer

Associate Professor and Associate Director for Expository Writing (UWP 1)

Read the full profile at the UWP website

 

Staff Profile Center for Community and Citizen science EMPHASIS AREA: SCI/AG

Ryan Meyer

Executive Director, Center for Community and Citizen Science

Curriculum Vitae | Twitter


I direct the Center for Community and Citizen Science at the UC Davis School of Education. Our mission is to help scientists, communities, and citizens collaborate on science to address environmental problems as a part of civic life. Learn more and sign up for our mailing list here.

1460 Drew Avenue, Davis, CA 95618
(415) 852-8356
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LLC and SOEP.

Elizabeth Montaño

Associate Professor of Teaching in Education, Chair of CANDEL

Portrait of Elizabeth Montaño

Education

Doctorate in Education: Educational Leadership for Social Justice
​Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles

California Single Subject Credential in English with CLAD Certification
University of California, Berkeley (current)

M.A. in Education: Language, Literacy and Culture
University of California, Berkeley

B.A. in Political Science & Chicana and Chicano Studies
University of California, Los Angeles

(530) 754-6847
emontano@ucdavis.edu
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LMS. Translational research on education and special education; Academic development for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Peter Mundy

Distinguished Professor of Education and Lisa Capps Chair in Neurodevelopmental Disorders and Education

Portrait of Peter Mundy

There are seven million exceptional children with special needs in our American school system, such as children with autism spectrum development. They have the right to appropriate and comparable educational opportunities. Truly meeting the needs of these children requires a commitment to integrating advances in educational science, neuroscience, and social policy.

(530) 752-0921
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LMS.

Faheemah N. Mustafaa

Assistant Professor

Faheemah N. Mustafaa

Dr. Faheemah N. Mustafaa joined the School of Education as an assistant professor in 2019. She is also a member of the Human Development Graduate Group, and faculty research affiliate with the Center for Poverty & Inequality Research. Prior to joining the School of Education faculty, she was a postdoctoral researcher in Social-Personality Psychology at University of California, Berkeley, and in Teaching and Learning at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Mustafaa earned her Ph.D.

fnmustafaa@ucdavis.edu
Faculty Profile Sacramento Area Science Project (SASP) EMPHASIS AREA: SCI/AG. Science education; Secondary education

Cynthia M. Passmore

Professor and Interim Chair, Teacher Education

Cindy Passmore

Research Interests

Science Education; Secondary Education

Education

Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction – University of Wisconsin, Madison – 2002

Broadcast, Print or Electronic Media

modelbasedbiology.com

modelinglivingearthbiology.org

UC Davis School of Education Building, Room 252
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: SCI/AG. Science Education, Groupwork, Race and Schooling, Social Emotional Intelligence, Social Justice Education, Literacy in Science

Alexis Patterson Williams

Associate Professor

Alexis Patterson Williams, Ph.D., joined the School of Education in July 2015 as an Assistant Professor in science education. She is currently a CAMPOS Faculty Scholar and is excited to work with her cohort to develop a research center that focuses on increasing the participation of women of color in STEM related fields.

(530) 752-8675
adpatterson@ucdavis.edu
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: SOEP. Latina/o and Native American identity formations in P-20 systems; Transition to college for students of color in K-12, Access

Patricia D. Quijada

Associate Professor

Portrait of Patricia D. Quijada

Education

Ph.D., Educational Psychology, University of Wisconsin – Madison
Emphasis: Human Development Minor: Youth Studies and Multicultural Education

Ed.M., Youth Development: Prevention Science and Practice
Harvard University, Graduate School of Education

Ed.M., Counseling Processes
Harvard University, Graduate School of Education

Multiple Subject, Elementary Credential
University of San Diego

B.A. and B.S. Political Science and Sociology
University of California at Riverside

(530) 752-9377
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: SOEP. Educational leadership; Latino/a education issues; School finance, Social justice in education

Gloria M. Rodriguez

Professor

Portrait of Gloria M. Rodriguez

Office hours: Winter and Spring Quarters 2020 — By Appointment Only

Gloria M. Rodriguez’s current research explores notions of educational investment that reflect efforts to build upon community strengths in order to address community needs within and beyond educational settings. Dr. Rodriguez also engages in research that focuses on the political economic conditions and educational trajectories of Chicana/o-Latina/o communities, other communities of color, and low-income populations in the U.S.

(530) 754-6256
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: SOEP. Economics of education; Education Policy and Governance; Quantitative methods; School finance

Heather Rose

Associate Professor

Portrait of Heather Rose

Office hours: By appointment. Room 125 SOEB.

Research Interests

Economics of education; Education Policy and Governance; Quantitative methods; School finance

UC Davis School of Education Building, Room 125
(530) 752-1407
hmrose@ucdavis.edu
Faculty Profile Emphasis area: LLC

Alicia Rusoja

Assistant Professor

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Dr. Alicia Rusoja’s interdisciplinary research lies at the intersection of Latinx/Chicanx studies, critical education/critical literacy studies, and university-community/research-practice partnerships. As a Latina immigrant and activist-scholar, she employs participatory and critical community-based qualitative research methodologies to understand the immigrant rights organizing of Latinx immigrant youth, adults and families.

UC Davis, School of Education Building, Room 250, One Shields Ave., Davis, CA 95616
arrusoja@ucdavis.edu
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LMS. Autism Spectrum Disorder, Educational Research, Classroom Active Engagement and Participation, Social Communication

Nicole Sparapani

Associate Professor

Nicole Sparapani, Ph.D., is an associate professor within the School of Education and the MIND Institute. Dr. Sparapani’s background in speech-language pathology, developmental psychology, and education has informed her research agenda, which focuses on the dynamic and transactional interplay between children and their classroom environment. The overarching goal of her research agenda is to improve the educational experiences and outcomes of learners with complex learning needs and autism spectrum disorder (hereafter referred to as autism).

njsparapani@ucdavis.edu
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: SCI/AG. Agricultural education; Agri-food system literacy; Service-learning; Secondary education; Science education; Technology in science; Technology in teaching and learning

Cary Trexler

Professor

Portrait of Cary Trexler

Research Interests

Agricultural Education; Agri-food system literacy; Service-learning; Secondary Education; Science Education; Technology in Science; Technology in teaching and learning

UC Davis School of Education Building, Room 258
(530) 752-2623
cjtrexler@ucdavis.edu
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LLC. Early literacy; English learners; Bilingualism and bilingual education; Educational television and multimedia; Language acquisitionAssociate Dean's Office

Yuuko Uchikoshi Tonkovich

Professor and Chair of Undergraduate Programs

Portrait of Yuuko Uchikoshi Tonkovich

 

Research Interests

Early Childhood; Multilingual Learners; Bilingualism and Bilingual Education; Educational Television and Multimedia; Language Acquisition; Early literacy Development; Quantitative Methods

(530) 754-6271
yuchikoshi@ucdavis.edu
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LMS. Test validity analysis; The use of assessment as an educational reform lever; Grading; Evaluation of educational programs

Megan Welsh

Associate Professor

Portrait of Megan Welsh

Megan Welsh joined the School in July 2014 as an assistant professor in educational assessment and measurement. Since 2008, she was an assistant professor at the University of Connecticut. Her primary areas of research include test validity analysis, the use of assessment as an educational reform lever, grading, and evaluation of educational programs.

UC Davis School of Education Building, Room 155
(530) 752-9890
megwelsh@ucdavis.edu
Graduate Group in Education Faculty EMPHASIS AREA: SCI/AG

Michael Wilkes

Professor, School of Medicine and Director of the Global Health Sciences

Read the full profile at the School of Medicine.

 

Faculty Profile Transformative Justice in Education Center (TJE) EMPHASIS AREA: LLC.

Lawrence (Torry) Winn

Associate Professor of Teaching in Education, Co-Director of Transformative Justice in Education Center (TJE)

With over fifteen years of professional experience, Winn has worked and consulted with foundations, cities, and non-profits including Casey Family Programs, Annie E. Casey, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, City of Newark (NJ), City of Madison (WI), St. HOPE, MLK Community Resources Collaborative, and Race to Equity.  His expertise includes youth programs/education, civic and community engagement, strategic partnerships, race and equity, and community based participatory research.

1460 Drew Avenue, Davis, CA 95618
(530) 752-9903
ltwinn@ucdavis.edu
Faculty Profile EMPHASIS AREA: LLCAssociate Dean's Office

Maisha T. Winn

Professor, Chancellor's Leadership Professor, and Co-Director of Transformative Justice in Education Center (TJE)

Maisha T. Winn’s research spans a wide variety of understudied settings including her earlier work on the literate practices extant in bookstores and community organizations in the African American community to her most recent work in settings where adolescent girls are incarcerated.

mtwinn@ucdavis.edu

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