The School of Educational Studies (SES) is home to renowned faculty conducting high-quality education and policy research. SES faculty-scholars provide students individualized attention and professional mentorship, collaborating with and guiding them across the graduate school experience.

Core Faculty
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    Jennifer Alanis

    Program Coordinator of Student Affairs and Educational Justice, Research Fellow

    Research Interests

    Equity and diversity issues in higher education; theory and practice in student affairs; college student development; undocumented college students; first-generation college students; Latinx populations; minority-serving institutions

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    Claudia Bermúdez

    Clinical Assistant Professor
    Preliminary Program Coordinator
    Department of Teacher Education

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    Deborah Faye Carter

    Associate Professor of Higher Education

    Research Interests

    Higher education; transition to college; college student outcomes; access to college; race in education; mentoring, equity, and diverse learning environments in STEM

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    David Drew

    Professor of Education
    Joseph B. Platt Chair in the Management of Technology

    Research Interests

    STEM education, data science, model building, technology development and management

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    DeLacy Ganley

    Dean, School of Educational Studies
    Professor of Education

    Research Interests

    Culturally relevant education; resiliency and achievement of marginalized populations; intersection of families, community, and school; language acquisition; social capital theory; systems theory

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    Gwen Garrison

    Clinical Professor of Education
    Director of Educational Evaluation and Data Analysis

    Research Interests

    Organizational effectiveness; diversity & inclusion; research & evaluation process; data systems; data management; data visualization and storytelling

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    Rebecca Hatkoff

    Clinical Assistant Professor

    Research Interests

    Critical Social Justice Teaching Competencies; Classroom and School Ecology; Effective and Empowering Pedagogy for all Students, Teacher Candidates, and Teachers; Strength-Based Views of Schools, Teachers, Students, Households, and Communities

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    Frances Marie Gipson

    Clinical Professor of Education
    Director, Urban Leadership Program

    Research Interests

    Urban schooling; distributed leadership; social-emotional learning; culturally relevant and linguistically responsive education; systems theory; learning and achievement; talent and leadership development; P-20 school policy

  • June K. Hilton profile image

    June K. Hilton

    Senior Lecturer

    Research Interests

    STEM Education, Equity Issues in Science and Mathematics, Effective Use of Instructional Technology, Teacher Preparation

  • Tom Luschei profile image

    Tom Luschei

    Professor of Education

    Research Interests

    International and Comparative Education; Economics of Education; Teacher Quality, Teacher Policy, and Teacher Distribution; Education Policy across the Americas; Bilingual Education Policy and Practice

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    Dina C. Maramba

    Professor of Education

    Research Interests

    Equity and diversity issues in higher education; theory and practice in student affairs; college student development; access and retention; first-generation college students; Asian American and Pacific Islander populations; minority serving institutions

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    Susan J. Paik

    Professor of Education

    Research Interests

    Educational productivity; talent and leader development; giftedness and creativity; learning and achievement; psychosocial and environmental factors; urban and international studies; underserved students; Asian Americans and education; family-school-community partnerships; research methods, design, and evaluation

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    Eddie Partida

    Assistant Clinical Professor & Director, Department of Teacher Education

    Research Interests

    Teacher education, STEM education

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    Linda Perkins

    University Professor
    Director, Applied Gender Studies

    Research Interests

    Women and African-American higher education, history and contemporary issues on women in higher education, especially Black women, global gender issues.

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    Emilie Reagan

    Associate Professor of Education

    Research Interests

    Social justice and equity-oriented teacher education policy and practice; context-specific teacher preparation; teacher residency programs; assessment; accountability; quantitative methods; mixed methods

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    Guan K. Saw

    Associate Professor of Education

    Research Interests

    Educational inequality; diversity and inclusion; STEM education and workforce; college access and success; sociology of education; educational psychology; educational evaluation and policy analysis; quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods; health disparities

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    Samara Suafo’a

    Clinical Assistant Professor
    Assistant Director of Department of Teacher Education.

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    Torie Weiston-Serdan

    Clinical Assistant Professor
    Director, MA in Community Engaged Education & Social Change

    Research Interests

    Critical mentoring; critical youth work; non-profits and social enterprises; diversity and equity; non-profits and philanthropy; youth-serving non-profits; culturally sustaining pedagogy; abolitionist teaching; Black Feminism in education; learning and teaching

Emeriti Faculty

María de Lourdes Argüelles

Professor Emerita, Education and Cultural Studies


Carl Cohn

Senior Research Fellow
Professor Emeritus


Philip Dreyer

Professor Emeritus of Education and Psychology


Charles Kerchner

Senior Research Fellow
Professor Emeritus


Bruce Isamu Matsui

Senior Research Fellow
Professor Emeritus


Mary Simpson Poplin

Senior Research Fellow
Professor Emerita


Jack H. Schuster

Senior Research Fellow
Professor Emeritus


Daryl G. Smith

Senior Research Fellow
Professor Emerita


Deborah Deutsch Smith

Professor Emerita of Education

Extended Faculty

Extended Faculty are faculty at the other Claremont Colleges who have professional affiliation with the School of Educational Studies. They may teach classes and/or work with students on research. They can oversee qualifying examinations and chair doctoral dissertations when appropriate and with approval.


Juanita Aristizábal

Pitzer College

Department

Modern Languages, Literature & Cultures


Alicia Bonaparte

Pitzer College

Department

Sociology


Azamat Junisbai

Pitzer College

Department

Sociology


Gilda Ochoa

Pomona College

Department

Chicana/o Latina/o Studies


Adrian Pantoja

Pitzer College

Department

Political Studies and Chicanx-Latinx Studies


Tessa Hicks Peterson

Pitzer College

Department

Cultural Studies/Urban Studies


Suyapa Portillo Villeda

Pitzer College

Department

Chicana/o-Latina/o Transnational Studies


Darryl Yong

Harvey Mudd College

Department

Mathematics

Affiliated Faculty

Affiliated Faculty are faculty or researchers from other institutions or organizations who have professional affiliation with the School of Educational Studies. They may teach classes and/or work with students on research. Additionally, they can work with students on their MA thesis projects, doctoral qualifying examinations, and/or doctoral dissertations when appropriate and with approval.


Laureen Adams

Research Fellow
Adjunct Faculty


Christi Barrett

Urban Leadership Fellow
Adjunct Faculty


Martin Bonsangue

Senior Research Fellow


Susan “Sue” Borrego

Senior Research Fellow
Adjunct Faculty


Susan Bush-Mecenas

Senior Research Fellow
Adjunct Faculty


Donald Cardinal

Senior Research Fellow


Brent Drake

Senior Research Fellow


Mark Figueroa

Senior Research Fellow
Adjunct Faculty


Hugo Garcia

Research Fellow
Adjunct Faculty


John Garcia

Urban Leadership Fellow
Adjunct Faculty


Stacy Kula

Senior Research Fellow


Angela Locks

Senior Research Fellow


Debra Mashek

Senior Research Fellow


Gloria Itzel Montiel

Research Fellow
Adjunct Faculty


Thai-Huy Peter Nguyen

Senior Research Fellow


Joel Pérez

Research Fellow


Fernando Rodriguez-Valls

Senior Research Fellow


Daniel Solórzano

Senior Research Fellow


Jessica Tinklenberg

Research Fellow


Marco Valenzuela

Research Fellow
Adjunct Faculty


Darneika Watson-Davis

Urban Leadership Fellow
Adjunct Faculty

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