Doctoral Student Spotlights

Marguerite Lukes

Teaching and Learning

I chose this Doctoral Program Because:
It has an excellent balance between research and a focus on practice and policy to improve schools. I am a great admirer of many of the faculty, who I know from scholarly publications. As an employee of Steinhardt, tuition remission made it possible for me, as a single parent of two school age children, to pursue my doctorate, which has forever been my educational goal.
In 5 or 10 years I hope to:
Watch my children graduate from high school and college and have a full-time academic position at a university
One of the things I enjoy doing in New York City when I'm not being a doctoral student:
Listening to live music
A hobby I have is:
Making jam
My favorite place to get coffee or eat around NYU:
Third Rail Coffee
Focus of my research of scholarship:
Teen migrants with incomplete secondary schooling in "second chance" educational pathways
I'm interested in this topic because:
I have worked closely with immigrant students and families for 20 years. I frequently meet teens and adults who have not completed secondary school and was perplexed by the simplistic vision of them as "dropouts" in much of the literature
Academic or other experience that most influenced my choice of doctoral study:
My work as an adult basic education teacher.
Research or scholar I most admire:
Dr. Ofelia Garcia
Professor who has influenced me the most:
Pedro Noguera and Carola Suarez-Orozco
Research project I've most enjoyed working on:
Study of pre-literate immigrant adults' motivations for learning in the native language
Favorite course as a doctoral student:
Niobe Way's "Interview and Observation"
What I like most about being part of a community of doctoral students:
Opportunity to exchange ideas, community of practice

Background Information

Where you grew up:
Louisville, Kentucky
Career Goals:
Academic appointment in a teacher education department

Honors, Awards, and Achievements:

* AERA Early Career Scholar Award 2009 * Mitchell Leaska Disseration Research Award 2010 * Publications in Journal of Latinos and Education (2009) and upcoming publication in International Multilingual Research Journal

Other professional or service activities:
Full-time staff member at Metropolitan Center for Urban Education in the Spanish Bilingual/ESL Technical Assistance Center.