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Current Students

Education Policy program trains students for their careers as policy analysts, policy advocates, and educational researchers. As you read through our website and evaluate if this program is a good match for you, consider the perspectives of our current students and alumni.

Ph.D. in Education Leadership with concentration in Leadership, Policy and Politics

Alyshia Brooks Bowden

Ph.D. candidate in Education Policy with a specialization in Economics

Previous Colleges:
Auburn University, B.A. in Psychology
Auburn University, M.S. in Psychology
University of Pennsylvania, M.S.Ed. in Education Policy

Brooks Bowden is a Research Associate and the Assistant Director for the Center for Benefit-Cost Studies of Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. She also serves as the Assistant Director for the National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education. She is a Ph.D. candidate in Education Policy in the Department for Education Policy and Social Analysis at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her research interests are in conducting rigorous evaluations of educational policies and programs to better understand the role of education as a tool for economic development and to aid decision-making. She is particularly interested in using rigorous methods to evaluate the effectiveness and costs of programs and policies in areas of K-12 schooling, school choice, early education and child policy, and special education or health policy for children with autism. Prior to coming to Teachers College, she worked as a Research Scientist for the Institute of Education Sciences. She has a Masters degree in Education Policy from the University of Pennsylvania and in Psychology from Auburn University. Her undergraduate degree is also in Psychology from Auburn University.

Travis Bristol

Ph.D. candidate in Leadership, Policy and Politics Program

Previous Colleges:
B.A. in English from Amherst College, Amherst, MA
M.A. in Education/Teaching English from Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA

Travis J. Bristol, a former high school English teacher in New York City public schools, is a Clinical Teacher Educator  for Secondary English in the Boston Teacher Residency program and  a fourth-year PhD candidate at Teachers College, Columbia University. His research interests focus on the intersection of race and gender in organizations. Travis’s most recent work includes consulting for The World Bank in Washington D.C. and Georgetown, Guyana; his projects included developing a male teacher recruitment campaign; surveying teachers, students, and principals to create a strategy to reduce teacher and student absenteeism; providing a needs assessment for the distant teacher training program; and, in line with Travis’s research interest, designing a curriculum for teachers on engaging boys in the classroom. He holds a BA in English from Amherst College and an MA in the Teaching of English from Stanford University. Travis was recently awarded the Vice-President's Grant for Student Research in Diversity from Teachers College, a Minority Dissertation Fellowship from the American Educational Research Association,  a Ford Dissertation Fellowship from the National Research Council of the National Academies and the Spencer Dissertation Fellowship from the National Academy of Education. He is a product of the New York City public school system.

 

Elizabeth Chu

Ph.D. candidate in Leadership, Policy, and Politics

Previous Colleges:
Yale University, BA in English Language/Literature
Pace University New York City, MA in Teaching – Secondary ELA

Saima Gowani

Ph.D. student in Leadership, Policy and Politics

I am a doctoral student in the Leadership, Policy and Politics program with interests in policy, early childhood education, and international education studies. While at Teachers College, I have honed my understanding of the social, political, and cultural contexts that shape early childhood policy in the United States as well as globally. I am interested in using data to evaluate the effectiveness of policies, and my training at TC has bolstered my ability to do rigorous quantitative data analysis in order to influence policy.

While at TC, I have also been a Graduate Research Fellow at the National Center for Children and Families at Columbia University. The Center works to advance policy, education, and development issues of children and their families through interdisciplinary research. While at the Center, I’ve evaluated programs and policies that affect young children and their families. In addition, I’ve had the opportunity to work as a consultant on projects with UNICEF and the Economist magazine’s Economic Intelligence Unit doing literature reviews, desk reviews, and data collection and analysis. At present, I am doing some consulting work with a UNICEF-funded project in Pakistan to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of a birth-to-two intervention to promote young children’s development.

Prior to returning to academia, I worked as a monitoring and evaluation specialist with the Aga Khan Foundation. While there, I developed research and monitoring tools to measure quantitative and qualitative progress of children, teachers, and schools. Most prominently in my work there, I designed an Education Management Information System (EMIS) to help AKF monitor progress in its 3,000 schools globally.

Jacqueline Jodl

Ph.D. candidate in Leadership, Policy and Politics
Teachers College, Columbia University, M.A. in Politics & Education

Previous Colleges:
University of Minnesota, BA in Political Science
University of Chicago, MBA in Marketing/Finance

Specialization: Developmental Psychology

Jacqueline is currently in the initial stages of her dissertation  examining the relationship between non-cognitive skills and gender differences in educational attainment.  Her disciplinary specialization includes developmental psychology with research interests in early childhood, adolescence, gender differences and the relationship between student performance and school, teacher and peer effects.

Shibani Khanna

Ph.D. candidate in Education Policy

Previous Colleges:
University of Texas at Austin, BS in Communication Studies
Brown University, MA in Urban Education Policy

Specialization: Early Childhood Policy

Research interests: early childhood governance and workforce related issues

Elisabeth Kim

Ph.D. candidate in Leadership, Policy, and Politics/ELSR

Previous Colleges:
Barnard College, BA in American Studies
CUNY City College of New York, MS in Childhood Education
Teachers College Columbia University, ME in Sociology and Education
Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, MA in Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences

Hana Lahr

Ph.D. candidate in Education Policy

Previous Colleges:
University of Florida, BA in Music Performance
Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, MS in Counseling

Area of specialization: higher education, quality assurance, and comparative international education studies

Hana's research interests include inequality of access and opportunity to higher education, quality assurance, and comparative international education studies. She is a Senior Research Assistant at the Community College Research Center where she conducts research on the impacts of performance funding.

Jaunelle Pratt-Williams

Ph.D. Candidate in Education Policy

Previous Colleges:
Emory University, B.A. in Journalism and Educational Studies
University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, M.S.Ed in Elementary Education

Specialization: K-12 School Finance Policy and Resource Allocation and Education Law

Jaunelle's research interests include the allocation of resources to schools and educational organizations as well as the use of data in the process, social and emotional support services, educational opportunities for disadvantaged students, and the connections between the related policies and research. Jaunelle taught 5th grade for four years and has worked as a research consultant with education organizations like The Campaign for Educational Equity and The New Teacher Project. She is currently a Research Assistant at the Consortium for Policy Research in Education.

Vikash Reddy

Ph.D. candidate in Leadership, Policy, and Politics

Previous Colleges:
Dartmouth College, B.A. in Government
Pace University New York City, MS in Education

Vikash is doing his dissertation research on Teach for America alumni in policy, with a focus on political socialization effects of TFA participation.  Prior to enrolling in the doctoral program at TC, Vikash taught third grade in East New York, himself as a member of Teach For America.

Vikash is also a Senior Research Assistant at TC’s Community College Research Center, where he works on a project researching the impacts that state-level performance funding programs have on colleges and universities within their system. In addition to his doctoral work, Vikash is the head of TC’s Policy Student Network, and President of the TC Student Senate.  He is a Teaching Assistant at the School of International and Public Affairs to former NYC Mayor David Dinkins.

Barbara Tanner

Ph.D. candidate in Leadership, Policy, and Politics

Previous Colleges:
Harvard GSE, EdM in School Development
UC Irvine, Multiple subject teaching credential
Brigham Young University, BA in Humanities

Barbara is a PhD candidate in Leadership, Policy, and Politics.  She received her EdM in School Development from Harvard GSE in June 2008.  Before attending Harvard, Barbara taught for Irvine USD in California, spending 13 years at Irvine Home School, a K-8 public school/homeschool hybrid.  Barbara’s research focuses on the ways organizations in a highly institutionalized setting, e.g., public education, pursue both innovation and legitimacy, and how they manage the conflicts these potentially incompatible goals pose for them.  In 2010-11, working as a graduate assistant for Professor Aaron Pallas, Barbara directed a 196-school teacher survey for the Middle School Teacher Turnover Project conducted by the Research Alliance for New York City Schools (RANYCS).  In 2011-12, working directly for RANYCS as a research analyst, Barbara directed a 105-school teacher survey for the Small Schools of Choice high school study.At Teachers College, Barbara has served as the PhD representative for her department on the Student Senate and as an executive board member of the Society for Entrepreneurship and Education.

Barbara skydives, SCUBA dives, and periodically nosedives while walking along the uneven sidewalks of Manhattan. She also loves to hike and bike.

Jessica Wallenstein

Ph.D. candidate in Leadership, Policy, and Politics

Previous Colleges:
University of Chicago, BA in English Language and Literature
CUNY Hunter College, ME in Elementary Education



Ed.D. in Educational Leadership Studies

Joe Daschbach

Ed.D. candidate in Educational Leadership Studies

Previous Colleges:
B.S. Engineering Science, Trinity University

Specialization: Decentralization, charter schools, and school finance in New Orleans

Kathleen Hayes

Ed.D. candidate, Educational Leadership Studies

Previous colleges:
B.A. Quincy University, 1989
M.S. journalism, Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism, 1993
M.Ed., secondary education, University of Illinois-Chicago, 2001

A former journalist and high school English teacher from Chicago, Kathleen matriculated into the Educational Leadership Studies program as an Ed.D. student in Fall 2005. While living in New York, she was a graduate assistant for The Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media and The Cahn Fellows Program for Distinguished NYC Principals. After completing her doctoral coursework in Fall 2007, she moved back to Chicago.

Since returning to The Windy City, she has worked for Chicago Public Schools on the implementation team for a recent curricular and instructional reform, and as a policy associate for an education consulting and research organization’s teacher quality team. After five years away from teaching, she re-entered the profession in Fall 2007, a move prompted by her desire to become reimmersed in the practice that inspired her doctoral pursuits. As of Fall 2013, she is in the analysis and writing stage of her dissertation, which focuses on teacher sensemaking about a Chicago high school curricular and instructional reform.

Her professional goal is to use her knowledge and expertise to help make teacher voice a regular part of education policy decisions.



M.A. in Leadership, Policy and Politics

Brittney Melvin

M.A. in Leadership, Policy and Politics
         
Previous Colleges:
B.S. in Childhood Education from SUNY New Platz, NY

Peter Seidman

M.A. in Leadership, Policy and Polics

Previous Colleges:

B.A. in English from Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
M.E. in English Education form City College New York, NY


M.A. in Education Policy

Jay Bakhru

M.A. in Education Policy

Previous Colleges:

B.A. in History from Brown University, Providence RI

M.B.A. in Finance and Marketing, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Specialization: Law and Education

Amber Briggs

M.A. in Education Policy

Previous Colleges:

B.A. in Sociology, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

Specialization: Law and Higher Education Policy

Amber M. Briggs graduated from Texas A&M University with a BA in Sociology, Minor in Africana Studies, and Certificate in Race and Ethnic Relations in 2011. At Texas A&M, Amber was a student leader in the Regents' Scholars Program (a scholarship and retention program for  first-generation students), worked in the Department of Scholarships of Financial Aid, and held an internship at Justice and Sustainability Associates in Washington, DC. After graduation, she served for two years as a college adviser at Elsik High School in Houston, TX. In this role, Amber worked with over 4,000 students to help increase the college-going rates and positively impact the college-going culture of the high school and surrounding community. Amber joined the Education Policy and Social Analysis Program in 2013 and is interested in educational equity specifically revolving around access to higher education for undocumented, minority, and low-income students. She is a Zankel Fellow at Teachers College and is working with the Partnership Schools Consortium in developing a pipeline for the college transitions program.

Julianna Brown

M.A. in Education Policy

Previous Colleges:

BA in History from the McGill University, Montreal, Canada

Specialization:

Lydia Chan

M.A. in Education Policy

Previous Colleges:
B.A. in Psychology from Columbia University, New York, NY

Specialization: Law and Education

William Cullen

M.A. in Education Policy

Previous Colleges:

B.A. in Communications from Villanova University, Villanova, PA

Specialization:

Anokhee Dave

M.A. in Education Policy

Previous Colleges:
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, B.A. in Political Science

Specialization: K-12 Education Policy

Sarah Darby

M.A. in Education Policy

Previous Colleges:

B.A. in Philosophy from Amherst College, Amherst, MA

Specialization:

Awa Diaw

M.A. in Education Policy

Previous Colleges:

B.A. in Africana Studies from Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME

Specialization: Higher Education Policy

Jamie Eckstein

M.A. in Education Policy

Previous Colleges:

B.S. in Social Science Education from University of Georgia, Athens, GA

Specialization: Early Childhood Education Policy

Maureen Farrell

M.A. in Education Policy

Previous Colleges:
B.A. in History from Tufts University, Medford, MA

Specialization:

Zhijing Gao

M.A. in Education Policy

Previous Colleges:

B.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of International Relations, China

Specialization:

Cassie Gare

M.A. in Education Policy

Previous Colleges:

B.A. in Culture and Politics from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, Washington, DC

Specialization: K-12 Education Policy

Prior to coming to TC, Cassie Gare taught middle school special education and reading intervention in DC Public Schools. During that time, she had the opportunity to participate in policy discussions around critical issues affecting DCPS as a Teachers Central to Leadership Fellow and a member of the Chancellors' Teachers’ Cabinet. Her experiences in DCPS inspired her decision to enroll at TC, where she is interested in studying barriers to K-12 reform in urban districts.

Samantha Grecco

M.A. in Education Policy

Previous Colleges:

B.A. in Psychology, Barnard College, Columbia University, New York, NY

Specialization:

Jane Griesinger

M.A. in Leadership, Policy and Politics

Previous Colleges:
B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, WI

Specialization: K-12 Education Policy

Jill Grossman

M.A. in Education Policy

Previous Colleges:
B.A. in Sociology from Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY

Specialization:

Menglin (Maria) Guo

M.A. in Education Policy

Previous Colleges:

B.A. in International Studies from the University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Specialization: Higher Education Policy

Maria Guo earned her B.A. in International Studies from the University of Washington - Seattle. Maria's interests include higher education and community engagement. Maria has always been a strong advocate for students' voice. She herself has constantly been involved in various student advocacy groups from high school to college. She is most proud of her recent community engagement project - a departmental mentor program that she set up during her college senior year to better connect alumni with current students. In addition, Maria has special interest in social media and how it plays a role in today's increasingly globalized society. She crafted an original thesis of 80 pages on the topic of social media to complete her college honors program. Maria has traveled around North America, East Asia, and Western Europe. She loves traveling solo to challenge herself to quickly adapt into different and unfamiliar environments. In her spare time, Maria enjoys hiking and anything that is nature-related!

Allison Halff

M.A. in Education Policy

Previous Colleges:

B.A. in English from Columbia College, Columbia University, New York, NY

Specialization:

Danielle Herman

M.A. in Education Policy

Previous Colleges:
B.S. in Business Administration (Marketing) from the University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT.
M.S. in Adolescent Math Education from Pace University, New York, NY

Specialization: K-12 Education Policy

Jasmine Highsmith

M.A. in Education Policy

Previous Colleges:

B.A. in Sociology from Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

Specialization:

Chelsey Jones

M.A. in Education Policy

Previous Colleges:

B.A. in Religious Studies from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

M.S. in Higher Education from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

Specialization: Higher Education Policy

Chelsey began her study at Teachers College in fall 2013. Prior to TC, Chelsey plunged into college access through the National College Advising Corps at Dan River and Tunstall High Schools in southern Virginia.  She spent a summer working with the incredible students at the Summer Residential Governor's School at Christopher Newport University and most recently spent two years at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte as a residence life professional and freshmen seminar instructor.  Chelsey is passionate about college access, college success, financial aid, and the impact of class on students' ability to matriculate to and thrive in the collegiate environment.  She invests her time in exploring these issues here at TC and hopes to work in Washington, DC following graduation in a think tank or policy making capacity.

Grace Kim

M.A. in Education Policy

Previous Colleges:
B.A. in Communication from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL

Specialization:

Natalie Kolodinski

M.A. in Education Policy

Previous Colleges:

B.A. in Psychology from Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA

Specialization: Higher Education Policy

Samson Lim

M.A. in Education Policy

Previous Colleges:

B.A. in International Studies from the University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Specialization: Challenges Facing the Secondary-to-Postsecondary Education Pipeline in the U.S.

Sam Lim is interested in policy issues as they relate to college access and affordability. Inspired by his experiences of mentoring students in the Seattle area through the UW Dream Project and around the country through Scholarship Junkies, Sam is particularly interested in understanding how public policy can best be shaped to serve underserved populations.

William Mark

M.A. in Education Policy

Previous Colleges:

B.S. in Economic Analysis from Binghamton University, State University of New York

Specialization: combination of K-12 and Higher Education Policy

Sarah Marlow

M.A. in Education Policy

Previous College:

Hobart and William Smith Colleges (Geneva, NY), B.A. in Philosophy/Public Policy

Specialization: K-12 Education Policy

Sarah received her B.A. in philosophy and public policy with a concentration in education from Hobart and William Smith Colleges. There, she completed her senior honors thesis, "Find and Flourish: Plato’s Theories of Education as a Potential Basis for Reforming Urban Education." Her interest in the juncture of philosophy and public policy served as the catalyst for her graduate studies, which focus on equity issues in K-12 education.

Riley McIntyre

M.A. in Education Policy

Previous Colleges:

B.A. in International Relations from George Washington University School of International Affairs, Washington, D.C.

Specialization:

Lauren Meyer

M.A. in Education Policy

Previous Colleges:
B.S. in Applied Learning and Development/Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Texas, Austin, TX

Specialization: Early Childhood Policy

Yusang Park

M.A. in Education Policy

Previous Colleges:
B.S. in Management from St. John’s University, New York, NY

Specialization:

Catherine Pease

M.A. in Education Policy

Previous Colleges:
B.A. in Geography/French from Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

Specialization: Law and Education Policy

Mark Pelham

M.A. in Education Policy

Previous Colleges:

B.A. in History from SUNY College Geneseo, NY

Specialization: Information and Computer Technology Policy

Mark was born and raised in the area of Jamestown, New York.  He earned his B.A. in History, as well as initial New York State teaching certification, at State University of New York at Geneseo.  Mark was involved with various classroom experiences as an undergraduate, teaching in multiple schools in the Rochester, NY area.  In the years after his undergraduate study Mark worked for over 2 years with the US Peace Corps in Guyana, South America.  He was involved with teaching English to secondary students, as well as expanding Information Technology resources and teaching in Region 3 of Guyana.  After his Peace Corps service, Mark worked with the Washington, DC office of Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26).  He is currently working as a Technology Fellow with TC's EPSA department and as a digital media and communications liaison for the Office of School and Community Partnerships.  Mark's academic  knowledge and interests span topics in education, foreign affairs, information technology,  and politics.  His ultimate goal is to pursue professional opportunities that allow him to integrate these various domains.

Juan Reyes Ortiz

M.A. in Education Policy

Previous Colleges:

B.A. in Economics from Los Andes University, Columbia

Specialization:

Shani Shalev

M.A. in Education Policy

Previous Colleges:
B.S. in Secondary Education from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

Specialization:

Andrew Sternlieb

M.A. in Education Policy

Specialization: Law and Education Policy

I am a part-time student in the MA-EPOL program with a specialization in Law and Education Policy. For the past 35 years I have been involved in real estate finance, first on Wall Street, then in my own mortgage brokerage firm, Salem Realty Capital LLC. I have a law degree from Emory University School of Law and am a member of the Bar in NJ (retired) but have never practiced law. I have a B.A in Political Science from the University of Rochester. My interest in educational policy is an outgrowth of my involvement as chairman of the North Salem Central School District Fiscal Advisory Committee and various involvements at the University of Rochester and at Baruch College as the chairman of the local Hillel. I live in North Salem, NY with my wife and 3 dogs and am an avid practitioner of yoga and a retired golfer and horseman.

Timothy Vance

M.A. in Education Policy

Previous Colleges:

B.A. in History from the University of California, Santa Cruz, CA

Specialization:

Amanda Washington

M.A. in Education Policy

Previous Colleges:

B.A. in English from Spelman College, Atlanta, GA

Master of Teaching in ESOL from the American University, Washington, D.C.

Specialization:

Learn more about Amanda from the TC People article "Her Choice to Change the World."


Sarah Whittemore

M.A. in Education Policy

Previous Colleges:

B.A. in English from George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

Specialization: Higher Education Policy

Sarah started her program of studies in Education Policy in fall 2013. Before coming to TC, Sarah spent five years working in higher education, most recently as an Assistant Director of Admission at Fordham University and DePaul University. Her work in undergraduate admissions has focused primarily on building school/community partnerships and providing greater equity of access for underserved student groups in the college admissions process. Her current research interests include: the use of alternative assessments in higher education; barriers to enrollment for underserved student populations; and the ways in which federal, state, and institutional financial aid policies can be leveraged to provide greater access and retention in higher education.

Jill Willette

M.A. in Education Policy

Previous Colleges:

B.A. in Philosophy/English from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

Specialization:

Amiee Winchester

M.A. in Education Policy

Previous Colleges:

B.A. in International Studies from American University, Washington, D.C.

M.A. in Teaching Elementary Education from John Hopkins University. Baltimore, MD

Specialization:

Jun Yan

M.A. in Education Policy

Previous Colleges:

B.A. in Italian from Bejing Language and Culture University, China

Specialization:

Jun Yan comes to TC from the area of Lanzhou City, China. During his undergraduate studies, Jun worked as a part-time teacher in training organizations. He also served as a teacher’s aid at Beijing schools for migrant workers. Yan’s interest in and knowledge of the field of education policy kept growing as he engaged and communicated with education professionals and reformers in China. He gained considerable experience in the field by co-founding and co-running an English education organization, and by starting another education-training company. At Teachers College, Yan focuses on public education reform, innovative education, and entrepreneurship. His ultimate goal is to contribute to public education reform in China via non-governmental channels, as well as to promote quality education and education equity in a global context.

Tianning Yu

M.A. in Education Policy
Previous Colleges:
B.A. in Teaching Chinese from Beijing Language and Culture University

Specialization:


Ed.M. in Education Policy/Leadership, Policy and Politics

Solana Chehtman

Ed.M. in Leadership, Policy and Politics

Previous Colleges:
Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, B.A. International Relations
Georgetown University, M.P.A. in Public Policy and Developmental Management

Solana Chehtman was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She earned her BA in International Studies at the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella in her native country, which included an exchange with the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po). Later, she studied an MA in Public Policy and Development Management in a joint program between Georgetown University and the Universidad Nacional de San Martin, while working at development projects in different provinces of Argentina, both through NGOs and federally funded programs. In 2004 she started working at the Techint Organization, first at their Institutional Direction, then at their contemporary arts center Fundacion Proa, and finally since 2009 coordinating programs in different countries at the global corporate social responsibility department. In February 2010 she went to Port Au Prince, Haiti, to participate at the Post Disaster Needs Assessment report for the International Donors Conference held in March in Santo Domingo, as part of the International Labor Organization's crisis team. In July 2012 she took a leave of absence to come to New York and engage in further studies, through an EdM in Education Policy at TC. From January through September, she worked at TC's Survey Research Initiative (http://www.tc.columbia.edu/sri/), coordinated by Prof. Priscilla Wohlstetter. Currently she is interning at the Education Department of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and TAing for Prof. Levin's EDPE 4050 "Economics of Education".

Michael DeLeon

Ed.M. in Education Policy

Previous Colleges:

B.A. in History from Texas A& M University, College Station, TX
B.S. in Recreational Administration from Texas State University, San Marcos, TX
M.Ed. in College and University Personnel Administration from University of Texas, Austin

Specialization: Higher Education Policy

Originally from Central Texas, Michael moved to New York City to enroll at Teachers College. Prior to TC, Michael held positions within the Century Scholars Program, Honors Programs at Texas A&M University and the Intellectual Entrepreneurship (IE) Pre-Graduate School Internship Consortium at UT Austin. Michael’s research interests center on access and completion policies for underrepresented students in higher education. In his spare time, Michael enjoys running Central Park, surfing at Rockaway Beach and watching college football.

Carolina Gazmuri Barker

Ed.M. in Leadership, Policy and Politics

Previous Colleges:
Pontificia Universidad Católica, Chile,  B.S. in Industrial Engineering

Interest: Education policy, organizational theory, and education leadership—Carolina is interested in continue learning about these topics, especially how different policies can influence management and leadership in schools.

Esther Kim

Ed.M. in Education Policy

Previous Colleges:
BA in English, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

MS in Secondary Education in English, University of Pennsylvania, PA

Specialization: K-12 Education Policy.

Samuel Milder

Ed.M. in Leadership, Policy and Politics

P
revious Colleges:

B.A. in Spanish from the Bates College, Lewiston, ME
M.A. in Public Policy from the 
Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain

Specialization:

Yoo Jeung Nam

Ed.M. in Leadership, Policy, and Politics

Previous Colleges:
Amherst College, B.A. in Law, Jurisprudence
Harvard University Graduate School of Education, M.E. in International Education Policy

Alia Sabbs

M.E. in Leadership, Policy, and Politics

Previous Colleges:
B.A. in English from Spelman College, Atlanta, GA

Specialization: K-12 Education Policy

Lynn Yeh

Ed.M. in Education Policy

Previous Colleges:

B.A. in History from Colgate University, Hamilton, NY

MS.Ed. in Early Childhood General and Special Education from Bank Street College, New York, NY

Specialization: Early Childhood Education Policy