PhD Alumni

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2023 Graduates

Alicia Bencomo Garcia
Serving Latina/o/x Undergraduates Through Graduation: An Examination of Organizational Retention Structures at Hispanic Serving Institutions

Chris Jadallah
Power, positioning, and participation: Community- based watershed monitoring as a catalyst for learning and literacy toward socioecological transformation

Mayu Lindblad
Chinese-English and Spanish-English Dual Language Learners? Bilingual Narrative Skills


2022 Graduates

Elizabeth Flores
Latinx Student Experiences With Assessment and Placement at Community College

Amanda Lindell
Environmental Science Identity & Learning Ecosystems for City Youth: The Role of People, Places, and Activities

Robert Linden
Financial Incentives for California Community Colleges: Impacts on District Revenue, Student Financial Aid Receipt, and Degree Production


2021 Graduates

David Earwicker
Asymmetric Expectations: Faculty Research Roles Under California’s Master Plan for Higher Education

Danielle Hagood
How University Instructors See Student Engagement and Risk Status: Constructing Definitions with Information from Instructional Practices and Learning Management Systems

Alexandria Hurtt
Access and Equity in California Schools: Three Investigations on the Distribution of School Inputs


2020 Graduates

Yvonne Allen
Latina/o First Generation Community College Students from Rural Backgrounds: How Their Rural Experiences Impact Their Transition to and Success in Higher Education

Minahil Asim
How Effective are Education Programs and Policies in Improving Access and Learning for Disadvantaged Students? Evidence from Three Disparate Contexts

BernNadette Best-Green
Reframing Broken English as Counterhegemonic Linguistic Drip: Investigating Ethnolinguistic Vitality Within My 6th Grade Classroom


2019 Graduates

Sagit Betser
Under construction: identity development in a girls-only maker program 

Erin Bird
Driven by Data?: Youth Learning Science for Environmental and Civic Action through Community and Citizen Science

JaNay Brown-Wood
Is there a relationship between the race of a character and the story children tell: Exploring if the race of a picture book character is associated with narrative quality of children’s stores and books preference?


2018 Graduates

Bahareh Abhari 
College readiness validation of common core standards in mathematics

Kristine Calvo
Changing Pedagogies: Teacher Identity in the Context of Technology Leveraged Classrooms 

Orlando Carreon
Effective teaching of Chican@/Latin@ students: a community responsive approach

Amanda Crump
Dialogue in an international agricultural development introductory course 


2017 Graduates

Leslie Banes
“Explain your answer”: mathematical writing in linguistically diverse classrooms

Angelica Cortes
The Experiences and Studying Practices of Community College Latin@ STEM Majors Taking Calculus I 

Candice Guy-Gaytán
“Model-Based Reasoning is Not a Simple Thing”: Investigating Enactment of Modeling in Five High School Biology Classrooms


2016 Graduates

James Fabionar Jr.
Operationalizing youth assets in a community change initiative : a social cognitive perspective

Elizabeth Friedmann
Addressing disparities in postsecondary success : the role of need-based financial aid

Mariama Gray
Saving the Lost Boys: Narratives of Discipline Disproportionality


2015 graduates

Lisceth Brazil-Cruz
From high school to college : parenting practices of Latino first-generation college students

Rosalyn Earl
Exploring experiences of women of color doctoral scholars at the University of California : deconstructing intersectionalities of race, class, and gendered microaggressions

Michelle Roppeau
Impact of sport discontinuation on the experience and identity of first-generation and non-first-generation NCAA division I wrestlers


2014 graduates

Julie Orozco
Developing a Vision for Mathematics Instruction: Using Self-collected/Self-selected Video Clips in the Context of Mathematics Teacher Professional Development

Luis Restrepo
The moral career of the student athlete : negotiating difference and exploring identity

Scot Sutherland
Constraint-referenced analytics of algebra learning in classroom network contexts


2013 graduates

Cathleen Alexander
Community college developmental education students’ understanding of foundational fraction concepts

Diane Harkins
Coaching in the context of social-emotional development : implications for targeted early childhood professional development

Lisa Bennett
From Preservice to Inservice: The Development of Inquiry Stance


2012 Graduates

Emily Evans
Learning connections, children’s perceptions, and the role of place in water education

Mary Gwaltney
Effects of IQ, Memory and ADHD Symptoms on Achievement in Students with High Functioning Autism

Lola Muldrew
The Meaning of Adversity Within Traditional K-12 Math Classrooms in the United States from the Perspective if African-American Individuals


2011 graduates

Shonte Stephenson

Matthew Wallace
Developing assessment practices a study of the experiecnes and perservice mathematics teachers as learners and the evolition of their assessment practices as educators

Sumer Seiki

Irina Okhremtchouk

Michael Lawson
The Effects of Student Engagement on Educational Attainment


2010 graduates

Kevin Lai
Exploring Quadrilaterals in a Collaborative Computing Environment

Cassandra Hawley
How beginning secondary teachers understand and enact academic literacies in their classrooms : a qualitative multi-case study

Rim Zahra
Animating the Grotesque in Depression America: A Cultural Analysis of Walt Disney’s Early Mickey Mouse Cartoons

Razzan Zahra
Disney Wishes: Reimagining Disney through the Eyes of Make-A-Wish Children


2009 Graduates

Damian Parr
Student farmer-to-farmer: transformational learning in sustainable agriculture and food systems education

Amy Belcastro
Purposeful Persistence: First Generation College Student Success

Sheryl Hurner
Robotics as science (re)form exploring power, learning and gender(ed) identity formation in a “commnity of practice”


2008 Graduates

Susan Porter
A Literacy Response-to-Intervention for Two Middle School English Learners: The Role of Student-Teacher Interactions, Self-Efficacy, and Cognitive Processing

Melissa Salzar
Bodies in place, bodies in motion: Images of immigrant youth negotiating food, location and identity

Lawrence Hovrath
Tangled up in iquiry: docmenting pre-service science teacher’s perspectives on iquiry as they reflect on the process of planning and teaching inquiry-based lessons


2007 Graduates

Garrett Kenehan
On Students’ Thinking about the Concept of Function while Using Technology in Context: A Design Experiment

Sandra Mercuri
The challenge of developing academic language in spanish and english through science: The case of two teachers’ strategic teaching practices

Emily Prieto
Situational sexuality paradigm: An examination of male heterosexual sexual preference and attitudes and the impact on sexual negotiation on female sex workers in Tijuana, Mexico


2006 Graduates

Allan Bellman
Teaching in a Networked Environment: Catalyst for a Novice Teacher’s use of Formative Assessment

Susan Campbell
Socially Constructing Perspectives: How Fifth Grade Students Express Sociocultural and Critical Historical Perspectives

Pauline Holmes
Academic literacy in the literature classroom: investigating instructional decisions of new teachers of English Learners


2005 Graduates

Bruce McVicker
Doing Technology: A Case Study of Middle School Teachers Defining a Perspective for Working and Learning

Kandace Knudsen
Community college freshman compositon instructors’ choices of readings: the importance of context

Whitney Donnelly
Standards or standardization?: Problem solving and control at two elementary schools

Michele Favreau-Haight


2004 Graduates

Elizabeth Mukiibi
What do you Expect from This School: A Student Focused Inquity into Factors Affecting African American Adolescent Schoolgirls’ Academic Achievement in an Urban School Setting.

Carmina Feldman
Teacher beliefs and teaching with computers : believe it or not : a case study of the role beliefs play in three middle school teachers’ use of computers in teaching science

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