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The Vice President’s Student Research in Diversity Grant Awards for 2019-2020

The Vice President’s Student Research in Diversity Grant Awards for



The Politics of K-12 Policymaking: A Multi-Case Study

Juontel White

Ph.D. Candidate

Department of Education Policy and Social Analysis: Sociology and Education Program 


Over the last decade, K-12 ethnic studies policymaking has been hotly debated. Opponents claim that race-centered curriculum is divisive and un-American while proponents posit that critical learning about communities of color better equips all students for engaging in the increasingly diverse world. Using the methodology of critical policy analysis, along with critical race theory and Omi and Winant's (1994) racial formation theory, this dissertation investigates the politics of race in K-12 ethnic studies policymaking. This study will expand scholarship in education policy, political sociology and curriculum studies. This study will also offer insights for contemporary social activism.


A Conversation Analytic Study on Participation Practices in The American Graduate Classroom: East Asian Students V.  L1 English-Speaking Students

Junko Takahashi

Ed. D. Student

Department of Arts & Humanities: Applied Linguistics Program


This study investigates participation practices of East-Asian students (EASs) and native-English-speaking students (NESSs) in the American graduate classroom. In documenting the turn-by-turn self-selection processes of EASs in the American graduate classroom through the use of the conversation analytic approach, this study will carefully examine video data of teacher-student interactions obtained in actual classrooms. It will also look at the timing and the resources the students employ in their self-selections, both linguistically and multimodally. Deeply understanding the differences between EASs’ and NESSs’ self-selection patterns could help generate strategies for the EASs to more actively take the floor in higher-education classrooms that can lead to more balanced participation by every member of the class.


The Vice President's Student Research in Diversity Grant Sounding & Signifying: Representation & the Theatrical Black Voice 

Michael Mohammed

Ed.D Student

Music and Music Education Program


Throughout the last century, many works written for the stage have used musical techniques that integrate elements from Western classical traditions with those from black popular and folk idioms. However, rarely are the signifiers of vocal technique and stage craft  discussed in direct relation to authentic representation of race by black performers on stage. Through a framework of semiotics, this study will explore the authentic phonatory, articulatory, and expressive aspects used by black performers in the above-mentioned idioms. Looking at the performance techniques used by these performers has implications regarding representation in the entertainment industries and the importance of discursive praxis that leads to self-expression and empowerment for voices and bodies of students with minoritized identities.