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Edgar Rivera-Cash Sociology of Education PhD Student

Edgar E. Rivera-Cash

Sociology of Education PhD Student

Name: Edgar E. Rivera-Cash


Program: Sociology of Education

Research Interests: LGBTQIA+ Issues in Higher Education, Diversity in Higher Education, Racial Campus Climate  

Principal Advisor(s): R. L'Heureux Lewis-McCoy

Research Description/Bio:

Edgar Rivera-Cash is a second-year, part time doctoral student in the Sociology of Education program. His research focuses on exploring the various socio-cultural, institutional, bureaucratic and interpersonal factors that contribute to the marginalization of queer students of color in higher education. Edgar is also a Research Analyst at the Research Alliance for New York City Schools at NYU. He conducts qualitative research for the Research Alliance’s evaluation of the Computer Science for All initiative, which aims to ensure that all students receive at least one meaningful, high-quality computer science learning experience at each school level. 

Previously, Edgar served as a Communications and Resource Development Consultant at the New York City Department of Education, where he coordinated the development of new teacher leader resources, managed two monthly newsletters with an audience of more than 2,000 school leaders, and coordinated the hiring process of teacher leaders for the Teacher Career Pathways program. 

Edgar holds an M.A. in Sociology and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a B.A. in Sociology from Vassar College.    

Selected Awards, Publications, and Presentations:


Fancsali, C., Mirakhur, Z., Klevan, S., Rivera-Cash, E. (2019) “Making” Science Relevant for the 21st Century: Early Lessons from a Research-Practice Partnership. ACM Digital Library.


“Trajectories through High School: Investigating the Pathways of Over-Aged and Under-Credited Students to Graduation” American Sociological Association Annual Meeting (August 2018, Philadelphia, PA)