Doctoral Student Spotlights

Erika Bernabei Middleton

Educational Leadership

I chose this Doctoral Program Because:
The program has a strong focus on research methods, critical analysis/social justice, and wonderful faculty who are invested in developing our potential as scholars and researchers. I feel 100% supported in directing my work towards a dissertation that falls in line with my interests, ethics, and passions.
My academic passion is:
Equity and justice
In 5 or 10 years I hope to:
Lead a non-profit organization or lead a public sector education department
One of the things I enjoy doing in New York City when I'm not being a doctoral student:
Delicious food
My favorite place to get coffee or eat around NYU:
Think Coffee and Oren's
Focus of my research of scholarship:
Interdisciplinary critical exploration of education
I'm interested in this topic because:
Silos force us to replicate work when we could be moving forward
Academic or other experience that most influenced my choice of doctoral study:
The ability to use research to transform systems
Research or scholar I most admire:
Paolo Freire
Scholarly presentation of my work I'm most proud of:
Advancing Racial Equity in Education by Working at the Intersection of Systems
Favorite course as a doctoral student:
Qualitative Inquiry and Participatory Action Research

Background Information

Where you grew up:
White Plains, NY
Career Goals:
Advocating for social change through non-profits and the public sector