Current Students

Ph.D. Candidates

Baker, Gabe

Gabe Baker is a PhD student in Education with a focus on Technology. His advisor is Dorothy Chun. He is also working towards the graduate certificate in UCSB's Technology Management Program. Before coming to UCSB, he was a humanities teacher at the Pacific Hills School in Los Angeles.  Baker's research interests are on virtual worlds for education, game-based learning, and narrative-centered learning environments. He recently launched a startup that is developing a virtual world for teachers to use with their students. Outside of higher-ed, He runs an after school program for Latin learning at the Crane school, tutors students online, and over the summer is an academic director at the Great Books Summer Program. In addition Gabe is developing the content for a few story-based digital learning games, one for Latin learning and one for HTML learning. Gabe Baker can be contacted at: or review his professional materials at:

Baldwin, Erika

Erika E. Baldwin is a Ph.D. candidate with emphases in Research Methodology and Quantitative Methods in Social Sciences under the direction of Drs. Karen Nylund-Gibson and John Yun. She received her B.A. in Mathematics and M.Ed. in Secondary Education with an emphasis and credential in mathematics at Hawai`i Pacific University, as well as an M.A. in Research Methodology at UCSB. Prior to attending UCSB, she taught two years of middle and high school mathematics. She is currently employed at the UC Educational Evaluation Center as the lead graduate student evaluator for the California Academic Partnership Program Algebra Formative Assessment (CAPP-AFA) Project. Erika is also an institutional research analyst for UCSB’s Office of Budget & Planning. Her research interests include quantitative methods (e.g., latent class analysis, latent transition analysis), secondary mathematics achievement, and women in STEM fields. Erika’s dissertation is titled, “A Monte Carlo Simulation Study Examining Statistical Power in Latent Transition Analyses.” She can be contacted at

Bigham, Jaycee

Jaycee Bigham is a doctoral student with emphases in cultural perspectives and comparative education and global and international studies. She received her B.A. in anthropology and Spanish with a certificate in Latin American and Caribbean studies from Indiana University in 2011. Her research interests include ethnic and socioeconomic inequities throughout the Americas, the influence of social status on educational experiences, and ethnic and linguistic minority immigrant communities. Her doctoral work focuses on the experiences of Andean immigrant families with the public education system of Buenos Aires, Argentina. She can be reached at

Bucio, Mario

Mario Bucio is a doctoral student with an emphasis in Special Education, Disabilities, and Risk Studies. His advisor is Dr. Mian Wang. Mario received his B.A. in Sociology with an emphasis in Applied Psychology and his M.A. in Education from University of California, Santa Barbara. Currently, Mario’s interests include translational behavioral research for children with autism who come from bi-lingual and bi-cultural families, teaching behavioral techniques to Latino families with children with special needs, and coordinating home-school programs. For his Master’s thesis, Mario taught Latino children with ASD how to have social-conversations in their native language of Spanish. For his dissertation, Mario would like to pursue a similar line of research where he teaches Latino parents how to support their children’s conversation development. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mario at


Stacey Carpenter is a PhD candidate in Education specializing in science education, working with Dr. Danielle Harlow and Dr. Julie Bianchini.  Stacey has BS from the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UH) and an MA in Education from UCSB.  After her undergraduate work, she taught high school physics and chemistry at UH’s University Laboratory School where she also collaborated on a physics curriculum development project.  Her current research focuses on how experiences such as internships in K-12 classrooms and participation in outreach programs prepare undergraduates for science teaching.  She is a graduate student researcher for the CalTeach Physical Sciences & Engineering program and has contributed to research projects involving environmental science education.  She helped develop curriculum and led classroom activities for the SciTrek outreach program.  She has also been a TA for courses in the teacher education program and the undergraduate CalTeach program.  You may contact Stacey at:

Clairmont, Anthony

Anthony Clairmont is a doctoral student with an emphasis in Applied Linguistics working with Dr. Jin Sook Lee. He received his BA in philosophy from Sewanee: The University of the South in 2011. A year later, he earned an MA in French from Middlebury College. While living abroad during much of this period, he conducted anthropological research with the School for International Training in Rabat, Morocco and studied philosophy at La Sorbonne in Paris, France. He returned to the US to teach French at an all-male prep school in Cleveland, Ohio for two years. His research interests include bilingual education, computer-assisted language learning, teacher professionalism, systemic educational inequalities, and philosophical issues in the social sciences. You may contact Anthony at:  or review his professional materials at:

Covarrubias, Henry

Henry Covarrubias is a doctoral student with an emphasis in Cultural Perspectives and Comparative Education.  His faculty advisor is Dr. Richard Durán.  He received his B.A. in History and Chicana/o Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles and his M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration/Student Affairs from the University of Southern California.  He has worked as a higher education administrator for the last sixteen years at several institutions such as UCSB, UC Davis, UCLA, CSU-Bakersfield, Alamo Colleges, and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.  His research focuses on the academic socialization experiences of Latina/o STEM graduate students.  Specifically, he seeks to identify the ways Latina/o STEM graduate students’ interactions and relationships with faculty and peers facilitate their socialization into the academic and social systems of their disciplines and their professions.  He may be reached at:

Crocco, Kyle

Kyle Crocco is a doctoral student in the Department of Education with an emphasis in Teaching and Learning, a research specialization in Language, Literacy, and Composition, and an interdisciplinary emphasis in Writing Studies. He received a B.A. in History from Penn State University in 1989. Later he turned to studying language and earned a B.A. in French in 1997 and a M.A. in French and Foreign Language Pedagogy at the University of Delaware in 2005. After teaching English composition for six years in California and abroad, he developed interests in second language writing development, visual rhetoric in communication, teaching business and technical writing, and branding and academic identity in higher education. He is currently working on a dissertation examining how visual rhetoric is used in creating and maintaining an academic identity for a university. He can be contacted at

Dai, Yun (Daisy)

Yun Dai (Daisy) is a doctoral student with an emphasis in learning, culture and technology, working under Dr.Judith Green. She received her BS in film production with a minor in economics and master in media and communication from Peking University, China. Her research interests include: knowledge construction, learning across disciplines and nations, learning technology, ethnographic research, video analysis, discourse studies and interdisciplinary research. Currently she is working on two interdisciplinary and inter-institutional research projects, a global engineering education project and a further thinking project, exploring how new configurations of learning support or constraint students’ learning and how interdisciplinary dialogue makes visible what is invisible in scope of single discipline. She welcomes your email at:

D'Amour, Angela

Angelea D'Amour is a second year PhD student in Education with research interests in higher education administration, educational leadership and college women's achievement aspirations. She has worked in student affairs administration within higher education for the past 13 years. You may contact Angela at:

Dang, Myley

Myley Dang is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Education, studying Mathematics Education with an emphasis in Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences (QMSS). Her advisor is Dr. Brenner. She received her B.S. in mathematics and a minor in statistics at UCLA. Her research interests include mathematics attitudes, mathematics self-efficacy, STEM outcomes, English Language Learners, quantitative research methodology, latent class analysis, longitudinal data, and program evaluation. Contact Myley at:

De Piero, Zack

Prior to moving to California to pursue his Ph.D in Education with an emphasis in Language, Literacy, and Composition Studies, Zack De Piero got his "teaching chops" as a full-time English teacher in the Philadelphia School District.  He also taught as an adjunct instructor at Temple University, where he also earned his Master’s in Education, a credential in Secondary English, and a TESOL endorsement.  At UCSB, he has worked as a TA in the Communication Department (COMM 88, 89, and 123) and, beginning in 2015, he will join the Writing Program to teach Writing 2.  His research interests include postsecondary academic writing (first-year composition, specifically), WAC/WID, and assessment.  The three UCSB professors that most closely guide his thinking are Drs. Linda Adler-Kassner, Chuck Bazerman, and Karen Lunsford.  Zack can be reached at

Dodds, Robin

Robin Dodds is a Doctoral Candidate with an emphasis in Special Education, Disabilities, and Risk Studies. Her advisor is Dr. George Singer. She received her B.A. in Creative Writing from Binghamton University, her M.F.A. in Writing, Literature and Publishing from Emerson College. After college, she worked as a Special Education teacher with toddlers and preschoolers in New York and Los Angeles. Robin hold an Early Childhood Special Education Teaching Credential and is also the parent of a child on the Autism Spectrum. Her research interests include: Families and Disability, Peer Support, Early Childhood Education, Inclusion, and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students with Special needs.  You may contact Robin at:

Ford, Katerina

Katerina Ford is a second year doctoral student in the Education program with an emphasis in Special Education, Disability, and Risk Studies, advised by Dr. Mian Wang.  She received her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Applied Psychology from UC Santa Barbara in 2010.  After her undergraduate work, she completed the Global Urban Trek internship with InterVarsity in Lima, Peru.  Upon returning to Santa Barbara, she worked as literacy tutor with AmeriCorps for one year and continued to work as a clinician and parent educator with Koegel Autism Consultants.  Her research interests include: remote interventions and trainings through programs like Skype, social conversation skills, supervision of behavioral interventions for ASD, and introducing Pivotal Response Treatment in countries that lack services for individuals with autism.  Please feel free to contact her at

Galicia, Mario

Mario is a doctoral candidate in the department of Education. After transferring from Riverside Community College in the fall of 2006, Mario received a dual B.A. in Chicana/o Studies and Sociology from UC- Santa Barbara in 2008. Mario received his MA in Education from UC- Santa Barbara in the winter of 2013. His dissertation research is a longitudinal research study that focuses on youth perspectives while participants in the gang and violence intervention program. His research not only highlights issues associated with the school-to–prison pipeline, but he also offers alternative methods for school discipline and classroom pedagogy for marginalized youth. Mario has presented his research at various academic conferences over the last 3 years and also published an article in 2013 (Smoking Guns or Smoke & Mirrors: Schools and the Policing of Latino Boys) based on his research work. While a graduate student at UCSB Mario has also been employed as a teaching assistant in the Sociology, Black Studies and Chicana/o Studies departments. Additionally, Mario has also worked for various student affairs departments while at UCSB; financial aid, EOP, admissions, and most recently Graduate Division as their outreach and diversity peer from 02/ 2010- 09/ 2013. Mario served as a GSAE representative (2011- 12) and then President for UC- Santa Barbara’s Graduate Student Association (2012- 13). To contact him please email him at:, or for more information on Mario Galicia please visit his website:

Grossman, Hannah

Hannah Grossman is a doctoral student with a departmental emphasis in Cultural Perspectives and Comparative Education and an interdisciplinary emphasis in Cognitive Science. After receiving a B.A. in Psychology from UC Davis in 2000, she joined the Peace Corps where she worked as a forester in West Africa for two years. In 2004, she received her M.A. in Education from Claremont Graduate University. She spent 6 years teaching life science at the high school and middle school levels. As her dissertation project she is investigating ways of applying cognitive science research to the creation of educational videos to improve learning for rural, low-literacy adults in West Africa. Her interests include: culture and cognition, working memory, science education, experiential learning, informal education, exploratory data analysis in large data sets, and adult education.  You may contact Hannah at:

Harvey, Victoria

Victoria Harvey is a student in the department of Education, working on a Ph.D. in the area of Teacher Education. After earning a B.A. in English, an M.A. in American Studies, and a teaching credential, Tory taught middle and high school English and history for ten years. Though she loved working with energetic middle schoolers, she discovered an interest in teacher education through her service as a cooperating teacher for Pepperdine University. Tory currently works with teacher candidaHates in UCSB’s TEP and her research centers on how preservice teachers formulate the problems of teaching. She hopes to continue working in teacher education once she completes her degree.

Hallowell, David

David Hallowell currently fills his days with doctoral studies in education, with an emphasis in child and adolescent development. He keeps his perspective fresh with an interdisciplinary emphasis in cognitive science. David has pursued his interest in cognitional theory as an undergraduate in psychology and social behavior at the University of California, Irvine; as a U.S. Fulbright Fellow (2005/6) in Vienna, Austria; for his M.A. in philosophy at Boston College; and now for the PhD in the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education. He is currently doing innovative research on how young children reason about plane and solid shapes across 2D and 3D representations. His areas of interest are spatial reasoning, early geometry learning, and neo-Piagetian theory (Case & Okamoto). He also dabbles in LEGO robotics. He responds to email at You can follow his work at and at

Jiang, Yan

Yan Jiang is a doctoral student of Dept. of Education with an emphasis in Applied Linguistics. She received her B.A. in English from Tsinghua University (China) in 2008 and received an M.A. in Education from San Diego State University in 2011. Her research interest include: second language acquisition, tone and intonation, computer-assisted language learning. You can reach her via email:

Joo, Jenna

Jenna Joo is a 4th-year doctoral student in the Education Department with an emphasis in Cultural Perspectives and Comparative Education. Jenna’s research interests broadly involve issues of language, culture, and technology in education. Working with a group of graduate student and faculty researchers, Jenna is currently uncovering instructors' epistemological underpinnings of innovative learning environments (in higher ed) using an ethnographic logic-of-inquiry. Jenna is also involved in a project which aims to demystify the overambitious nature of new online initiatives that promise to provide cheaper, faster and better education (i.e., MOOCs). Jenna's long-term goal is to bring well-informed ethnographic methodologies into researching higher education to explore multi-dimensional contexts at multiple intersecting linguistic, social, cultural and cognitive spaces.  You may contact Jenna at:

Kemp, Jacqueline

Jacqueline Kemp is a doctoral student in the Department of Education with a focus in culture and development. She also participates in the interdisciplinary emphasis in Language, Interaction, and Social Organization. Her advisor is Dr. Amy Kyratzis. She received a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies and a M.S. in Human Development and Social Policy from the University of Utah. She has taught university courses at The University of Utah in the Department of Family and Consumer Studies and at Santa Clara University in the Liberal Studies department, including: Development in Infancy and Childhood and Early Childhood Education Curriculum. In addition to teaching and research, Jacqueline has been the Director of three university-affiliated early childhood centers and an active member of NAEYC. Her research interests include: storytelling and story-acting in early childhood classrooms, preschool children’s narrative development, preschool peer group culture, and language and socialization in preschool peer groups.Please feel free to email Jacqueline at  or review her professional materials at:

Kim, Aram