Ph.D. Candidate Ruth López Bolsters Annenberg Institute’s Research Team (10/16/13)

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PROVIDENCE – Ruth M. López, a University of Colorado Boulder education policy Ph.D. candidate, has joined the Research & Policy team at Brown University’s Annenberg Institute for School Reform (AISR), announced Rosann Tung, AISR Research & Policy director. 

López earned bachelors degrees in both Ethnic Studies and Spanish at The University of Texas at Austin, where she was recognized with the “Dean’s Distinguished Graduate Award.” The Dallas native expects to receive her Ph.D. in Educational Foundations, Policy and Practice in summer 2014.  Her dissertation work highlights the media portrayal of the proposed federal DREAM Act policy.  She is also pursuing a graduate certificate in Comparative Ethnic Studies.

Her research interests include the educational experiences of students of color; the higher education of undocumented students; and issues of access, equity, and diversity at all levels of education.

Ruth López shares her research interests and describes her current projects at the Annenberg Institute.

“We are fortunate to hire a researcher who is such a good fit for the Annenberg Institute,” said Tung.  “Ruth’s commitment to scholarship and practice focused on equity, as well as her expertise on college readiness and immigrant populations are valued additions to the team.” 

As a graduate student, López conducted qualitative research for a National Science Foundation-funded project that examined the academic and career choices of high school students.  Additionally, through the Colorado Diversity Initiative, she coordinated academic programs for undergraduate and graduate students in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields. 

López has been a co-author on a number of studies, including “High School Pathways to STEM for Low-Income Under-represented Minorities” presented at the 2013 American Educational Research Association (AERA) conference; “Cultures of STEM and Schooling,” presented at the 2012 AERA conference; and “Racialized Political Talk,” presented at the 2012 Critical Race Studies in Education Association annual conference. 

She was the sole author for three research papers:  “Bridging Educational Research and Policy: Framing Access to Higher Education for Students of Color in a ‘Post-Racial” Society, presented at the 2011 Association for the Study of Higher Education annual conference; “A Critical Race Analysis of the Texas State Board of Education and the New Social Studies Curriculum Standards,” presented at the 2011 Critical Race Studies in Education Association annual conference; and “The DREAM of an Education: Higher Education Opportunities for Undocumented Youth,” presented at the 2010 American Educational Studies Association annual conference. 

Prior to beginning her doctoral studies, López served for four years as assistant director of The University of Texas at Austin’s University Outreach Centers, Division of Diversity & Community Engagement, where she provided college preparation counsel for students in grades 8-12 within the Houston Independent School District.

López was educated in the Dallas Independent School Distinct, which serves more than 157,000 students in 220 schools, and ranks as the nation’s 14th largest district. 

AISR’s Research and Policy staff engage in a range of projects to inform both the Institute’s work and the fields of district-level reform and community organizing for school reform. This work includes original research, documentation and evaluation of reform efforts, analyses of current education policies, and the development of tools to share lessons and best practices.  Additionally, substantial qualitative and quantitative research is embedded in many of the projects carried out by the Community Organizing and Engagement and District Redesign and Leadership practices.

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